52 Rescued From Stranded Antarctic Ship
Ship will now transport them to Tasmania
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2014 2:53 AM CST
Updated Jan 2, 2014 6:04 AM CST
The Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy is trapped in thick Antarctic ice 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia.   (AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, Andrew Peacock)

(Newser) – Help has finally arrived for 52 tourists and scientists who have been trapped on a ship stranded in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve. A Chinese helicopter has ferried the adventurers in batches to the Aurora Australis ship that will bring them out out of Antarctic waters and to Tasmania by mid-January, reports the AP. The MV Akademik Shokalskiy's 22 crew members are expected to stay on board the icebound vessel, the BBC notes.

"We've made it to the Aurora australis safe & sound. A huge thanks to the Chinese & @AusAntarctic for all their hard work!," tweeted the expedition leader, who had hoped to re-create Australian explorer Douglas Mawson's 1911 to 1913 voyage to Antarctica. The successful rescue operation follows days of failed attempts, including one by a Chinese icebreaker that got stuck in the ice itself.

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Jan 4, 2014 4:02 AM CST
Newser has more morons per square inch than any other site
Jan 3, 2014 6:36 AM CST
I noticed that they weren't rescued by wind or solar means. It took a helicoptor with fuel and oil to save them. I wonder if they will feel guilty for the rest of their lives. By the way Rob Quinn, you should be ashamed for not mentioning their "global warming" ties in this article...it's what really makes this a story. Shame, Shame!
Jan 2, 2014 9:57 PM CST
Thanks to the global warming these people are alive today. I can't imagine what would happen if this hard freeze came in the middle of winter instead of summer time out there.