52 Passengers Trapped on Cruise Ship in the Antarctic Rescued Via Air

Group of scientists and tourists were airlifted to safety by helicopter after being stuck for 10 days.
3:00 | 01/02/14

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The rescue a 52 passengers on a ship trapped for ten days in an ocean of ice in the Antarctic. They are group of scientists and tourists and ABC's Alex -- court shows us topic got stuck. And how they finally escaped. As the helicopter landed and a ten day ordeal came to an end. Relieved -- wearied passengers trudged across the ice and were hoisted up onto the roar Australia's icebreaker to take them home. When the Chinese helicopter first appeared this morning over their stranded ship. It was a sight for sore rise -- -- how. The scientists and -- got on the chopper in groups of twelve. For the fourteen nautical mile trip across the ice. Ship set sale on December 8. Its goal to -- a 100 year old expedition and report the changes of the past century. But as Christmas Day dawned they got stock. Winds howled across the deck and so strong that passengers couldn't stand up this no blinding. Surprised if by sea ice we just -- after. At first only two nautical miles of ice separated them an open water which soon grew to thirteen. Three ice breakers tried to get through but failed. In the end of the passengers had just -- the snow to make the landing pad for the helicopter rescue. It will now take around two weeks to sail back to Australia but tonight the passengers are relieved to finally be on their -- Alex Marquardt ABC news London.

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