Rescue Imminent for Ship Stranded in Antarctic

Rescuers will try using a helicopter to rescue cruise ship passengers after icebreakers failed.
3:00 | 12/31/13

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Now, to the daring new mission to rescue dozens of people trapped onboard a research ship in the ice of antarctica. They're now going to use a helicopter to try to free the stranded passengers. And gio benitez has been on this from the start. Reporter: This morning, it's go time for the passengers stranded on the ship stuck in the antarctic. Video of the crew outside the ship, stomping on ice, creating a helipad. We're preparing the hel ipad to stomp down the snow and ice so the chinese helicopter can reach us. When the weather improves. Reporter: The expedition leader said there's no choice but to abandon ship. It's raining at the moment. Heavy winds. Poor visibility. Not flying today. Reporter: Three ice breaking ships have failed to tear through all of that heavy ice. An estimated 13 feet thick. Now, the passengers will be taken to australia or new zealand, away from that icy mess they first came to explore. So, for the moment we just take each day that comes. And looking after each other and supporting each other the best we can. Reporter: And this morning, a look inside the ship, showing how the passengers have been passing the time. Reading, watching movies. Waiting for rescue. Outside, blizzard conditions packing an abnormal amount of ice into the area for this time of year. Summer in antarctic. We just discovered a new box of coffee. We've got lots of beans. Morale has jumped back up again. That coffee. And now, it turns out one of the rescue ships may be trapped in the ice, too. Reports this morning that the chinese crew sending that helicopter may have to be evacuated because their ship hasn't moved in about a day. A mess. So many people. They're using their feet to create their own helipad. We have another rescue to

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