Antarctica Ship Still Trapped in Ice and Running Out of Food and Time

If weather holds out passengers may need to be rescued by air.
3:00 | 12/30/13

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Now to the delicate operation playing out in antarctica tonight. It's looking more and more likely that they're going to have to launch an air evacuation to rescue dozens of passengers trapped. Abc's gio benitez in contact with the ship tonight. Reporter: Tonight eyes in the sky over that trapped ship in the antarctic. 74 passengers now told they may have to abandon ship by air. The chinese have just launched a helicopter to check out the water sky and see how far the sea ice edge really is. Reporter: This is the australian icebreaker trying to tear through miles of thick ice just listen. But, overnight with just 10 miles to go the rescuers were forced to turn back. It's minus one and blowing snow. We're standing on the leeward side of the boat. Reporter: Pushing weather and heavy ice putting the mission on hold. A disappointing day but hopefully the ice breakers will get in tomorrow. Reporter: But it may be too late for another attempt. The australian maritime authority telling abc's the passengers aboard will likely be air lifted by that chinese of the ice field. Believe it or not, it's actually summer down there, but it turns out there is an abnormal amount of sea ice right now, david. Gio benitez, thank you.

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