Rescue 2 Days Off for Antarctic Cruise Stranded in Ice
Passengers said to be in high spirits nonetheless
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 26, 2013 9:00 AM CST
The Akademik Shokalskiy is seen in this file photo.   (Wikimedia/Caesura)

(Newser) – An Antarctic adventure cruise has become stuck in ice after a storm, and rescue ships are at least two days away—but to judge from the dispatches from the ship, the people aboard don't seem to mind. The Akademik Shokalskiy sent out a distress call yesterday, reports, but a spokesman for the Spirit of Mawson, which organized the voyage, says the Russian ship is "reinforced against ice and well adapted to the conditions." The ship is believed to have enough provisions aboard to hold out.

Reports differ on how many people are aboard— says there are 50 tourists and 20 crew, while ABC has the numbers at 35 and 22—but those "tourists" include scientists, explorers, and historians. "We're in the ice like the explorers of old! All are well and spirits are high. Happy Christmas," the expedition leader tweeted. In a blog post, the ship said it was just two nautical miles from open sea, but powerless to get closer. The timing of the storm was actually fairly fortuitous though; if it had struck earlier, it might have caught the adventurers in the middle of a nearly 40-mile hike across pack ice.

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Dec 31, 2013 8:51 AM CST
Awesome...a global wawming expidition gets stuck in the ice. Even God shows his great sense of humor on this one! These poor saps will still embarass themselves and continue the lie because hey, it paid for their free adventure!
Dec 29, 2013 5:13 PM CST
"We're in the ice like explorers of old!" Yeah. Right. And I suppose the Australian icebreaker on its way to free you, is a wooden hulled brigantine, and you're all eating salt pork and moldy potatoes.
Dec 26, 2013 5:58 PM CST
Spirits are high while the vodka hold out