Third Attempt to Rescue Stranded Ship in Antarctic Ice

Extreme conditions have so far prevented the successful rescue of a vessel full of researchers.
3:00 | 12/29/13

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Now, to the race against time to free a cruise ship. Extreme conditions ended the first two rescue missions. New hope that the third time will be the charm for the dozens of passengers stranded at sea since christmas eve. And gio benitez has the very latest. Reporter: Good morning to you, bianna. Dan, good morning. That powerful ice breaker could be reaching that stranded ship at any moment. If it doesn't get stuck in that thick ice that trapped the tourists in the first place. This morning, after four days stuck in more than 13 miles of ice, a helicopter was dispatched from a chinese ice breaker ship to fly over the stranded vessel, the latest in the effort to rescue the frozen ship. To check out the water. Reporter: That ice breaker from china tried friday to rescue the ship but got stuck and had to turn back. Another from france couldn't even make it past the edge of the ice. Now the explorers are hoping this ice-breaking ship can free them. We're still here. Stuck, any passing ship do pay a visit. Brilliant. Reporter: Those me nacing ice. Hopefully, it will start easing up little bit. Reporter: The explorers got stuck near antarctica friday morning. Now, the team is using social media to send more than just an sos, sharing incredible images from above sea and the penguins underneath. They're sending videos to family and friends. This explorer sending this one to his family. Keeping with their smiles. Telling us about what they need most. To be perfectly honest, the main thing is the coffee supply. Reporter: That coffee supply. Remember, they tell us they have seven weeks worth of food before they run out and they're confident that the australian ice breaker will finally tear through that ice and rescue them. You watch that video and it looks like they're having a good time. They're explorers, come on. Lots of other news overnight. We're going to begin in the

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