Icebreaker Ships Rush to Antarctica to Free Trapped Cruise Ship

Tourists, scientists and explorers remain on board ship that is trapped in sea ice.
3:00 | 12/26/13

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Now, to dozens of passengers, tourists, explorers, scientists, all stranded at sea, on a cruise ship, stuck in ice on the edge of antarctica. Three ice breaker ships are now rushing to this very remote location for a rescue operation. Gio benitez is here with the latest. Gio, I think we can say careful what you wish for. Reporter: What a mess. Good morning to you, josh. The ship is too far from land for a regular rescue. The ice breakers are their only hope. Passengers trapped for the holiday on a frozen cruise. This morning, 74 passengers aboard this polar expedition vessel are waiting for ice breakers to free the ship. Just take a look at the ice in front of the bow. The vessel hasn't moved for the last two days. We're surrounded by sea ice. We just can't get through. Reporter: The passengers and crew are trapped in one of the coldest and windiest locations on earth. This, after spending three weeks at sea, on an antarctic adventure. Exploring amongst the sea ice. We just got up really close to this berg. Reporter: Watch expedition leader, chris turnny, was excited to reach the frozen waters. It's the 14th of december of 2013. Finally made it to the ice. Look at our view. Reporter: Just days later, he would be describing a technical meltdown. Trouble was close. We got hit by a terrible blizzard and lost our communications, didn't we? We sure did. Reporter: The ship is stuck off the coast of antarctica. Those heavy winds making it feel, at times, like it's 9 degrees. We have wind speeds on average of 50 kilometers an hour, reaching in excess of 70 kilometers an hour. Reporter: The tourists and researchers are on a trip to visit famous buildings built 100 years ago. The polar exploration. You can see them right there. We've just reached the hut. Let's go in and take a look. Reporter: Meanwhile, extreme weather could make any rescue effort lengthy and difficult. Quite strong winds and blizzard-type conditions. That's something we have to wait and see until the vessels arrive. Reporter: The closest ice breaker rescue ship is a chinese crew. But french and australian rescuers are also on the way. Let's hope, josh and lara, they are free by new year's eve. Thank you, gio. Now that all the christmas

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