Antarctic Passengers Airlifted to Safety

A helicopter shuttles all 52 Aurora Australis Icebreaker passengers to a Chinese ship.
3:00 | 01/03/14

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A dramatic rescue and Arctic all. 52 passengers safely aboard a new -- this morning but their return home is delayed because it turns out the rescuers. May need rescuing themselves in this morning we're hearing from some of those passengers. As they try to head home ABC's Alex Mark Clark has the story. At the Chinese helicopter crossed sixteen nautical miles of eyes -- red -- their rescue came into view. After ten days stuck in the ice he's hoping a -- Austro Alice icebreaker was a sight to behold they're new passage home. The wearied passengers were hoisted up onto the deck and a small boat and warmly shown to their rooms. -- People on my case. -- -- -- Smiles all around as the five hour rescue mission which included nine helicopter trips. Was pronounced a success I was just. The businesses the feeling of -- having really been having completed the -- slightly and everybody back on board. As the sun -- the -- got under way. Plowing through ice several feet thick but as you can say. It's not exactly -- I think that's true all this -- -- surrounding us bishop is dealing with -- But with making slight progress. The passengers original ship the academics -- cull -- remained stuck in the ice some of it almost ten feet thick. But the 22 man crew has been re supplied. And are waiting until they can break free for another -- can reach them. The Aurora Australia's is now on standby out in open water in case it has to go back and rescue that Chinese ship. They say they're gonna try and break free in the coming hours as tidal conditions change.

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