Research Ship Trapped in Antarctic Ice

Passengers on polar expedition vessel wait for ice breakers to rescue the stuck ship.
3:00 | 12/26/13

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This is a special room. I'm Dan -- -- New York where this ABC news digital special report a ship trapped in the ice waiting to be rescued off Antarctica. The -- for men and women on board this research vessel were retracing a legendary 1911 voyage but fortunately got a little more than they bargained for weather wise and literally they are now stuck. AB c.'s -- of -- is joining us now following the latest on this geo. Hey Dan good afternoon to you they've been stuck there since Christmas morning and now ice breaking ships are rushing to rescue them. 74 passengers aboard this polar expedition vessel or waiting for ice breakers to free the ship. Just take a look at the ice in front of the well. But that's. Hasn't benefited also take decades that was arrived at by sea ice we just got in a group -- The passengers and crew are trapped in one of the coldest and we Indians locations on earth this after spending three weeks at sea on an Antarctic adventure. -- -- -- -- -- We've just got -- an aggressive -- watch expedition leader Chris tourney was excited to reach the frozen waters. Mr. Pawlenty. -- -- -- dignity. And not getting decent but blogging -- behind us. Yeah. But just days later he'd be describing -- technical meltdown troubles clothes. And the ship is now -- off the coast of Antarctica in the commonwealth day. Those heavy winds making it feel at times like it's nine degrees at speeds are apt to think -- Reaching an excess of seventy -- -- it now. The tourists and researchers are on a trip to visit famous buildings built a hundred years ago for polar exploration you can see them right there. We've just completed its motions. Considering doing. Meanwhile extreme weather could make any rescue effort lengthy and difficult. This -- questions. And this time conditions. Saying that something very -- like -- to -- essence. And it could take hours if not days for those vessels to arrive one is coming in from China another from France another from Australia -- so. Quickly clearly they have a long way to go but let's just hope. Let's hope that they get there in time at least before New Year's -- I mean a whole international coalition now all racing to the south -- to break this ship -- So I'm they're laughing they're joking about it the fact the matter -- they've been down there for three weeks as you report -- I mean how dangerous is the situation and it seems as if things are kind of in control right now but is there any concern supplies running out how we're going out you know what right now they are happy and they are tweeting and blogging and videoblogging saying. That they are fine right now but all is good as what they were saying -- -- happy Christmas and back. So that's the good news because really they were planning on being away for a long time and they were clearly looking for the ice and -- -- they found it may be a little captain more than one 12. But it isn't nine degrees out there I mean yeah it possibly imagine yeah I mean that's a tough to keep your spirits up on that for the whole drive behind this whole purpose for this. For this trip where was that these researchers -- -- trying to retrace the steps. All the legendary South Pole explore -- Douglas -- and we signed a peace -- that they did see. Some of these -- that were built what what in 1911 now -- based certainly got to them. -- and you can see video of them right there right now these are amazing because these were built a hundred years ago and what's so fascinating. Is that even though you can clearly see house noted and they are these are -- that have. Survived. And and spent so much time out there. And still you can go in them today. And they can do and conduct their research that they need to do inside he thought that's what they were built for. So that's what's really spectacular that you see all the original wood that was used to built these votes to build these. -- it is amazing because you know sir Edmund Hillary oftentimes gets the credit. Right Scott also gets the credit for being the major explores for Antarctica so. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Right here on ABC news dot conference on Dan Cutler New York with his ABC news digital special reports.

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