Frozen Cruise Ship in Antarctica Awaits Helicopter Rescue

Three ice breakers could not reach the frozen cruise ship, and an airlift rescue has been planned.
3:00 | 12/31/13

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emergency mission in the antarctic, three rescue attempts failing. They're now choppering in to try to air lift passengers to safety. Reporter: Tonight, a united front. The straed passengers stomping on sea ice to the tune of that famous new year's song, auld lang syne. Creating a makeshift helipad for rescue. By getting the team to stomp down on the snow and ice so the chinese helicopter from snow dragon can reach us when the weather improves. Reporter: This after three ice breaking ships, including this one, couldn't shatter miles of that thick ice to reach the ship. Watch in this time-lapse video as it tries and tries again. The latest rescue plan, most of the 74 onboard will be flown, in groups of 12, to a chinese ice breaker nearby. From there they will be carried by barge to the australian ice breaker at the edge of the sea ice, and that's if the weather permits. We're about to ender 2014. Reporter: On this holiday, they sing. If the helicopter mission fails reports tonight that the strong american ice breaker, the polar star isn't too far. It could reach that ship in just ten days if it's needed. Overseas this evening and to a new message from russian

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