Transcript for Rescue Mission: Antarctic Airlift?
And in abontarctica tonight, the question looming, will the third time be the charm or will they have to air lift the stranded passengers to safety? Abc's monica villamizar with the efforts playing out. Reporter: Hopes dashed for the time being for 74 tourists and researchers eager to be rescued after being trapped nearly a week in miles of solid ice in antarctica. The crew and passengers waiting and enduring brutally cold temperatures and winds up to 50 miles per hour. Relief turned into disappointment today after an australian ice breaker put its rescue mission on hold 25 miles away, waiting until snow showers pass before breaking through the four-foot thick ice. We'll find out the next few hours whether it's going to be able to get through the sea ice. Reporter: That follows unsuccessful efforts by french and chinese icebreaker ships. Just been working really hard. A little bit of frustration, of course, inevitably, people dealing with it in their own unique ways. Reporter: If the latest attempt fails, crew and passengers will have to abandon the ship and evacuate via helicopter. That decision will be made in the next 48 hours. Monica villamizar, abc news, london.
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