The stranded Antarctica ship is still sitting encased in ice where it has been since Christmas day. An attempt at rescue failed when an ice breaking ship from China also got stuck in the ice. According to “Fox and Friends Weekend” live on Sunday Dec. 29, another ice breaking ship is making its way to the stranded ship full of researchers today.
The new ship is from Australia, as the Chinese ice breaking ship couldn’t break the ice to get to the ship. The MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian research vessel, is stuck in the ice with 74 people on board, according to Web Pro News on Dec. 29.
The high winds and below freezing temperatures trapped the ship in ice and they have no escape. On Friday the Chinese ice breaking ship was seen on the horizon and the people on the stranded ship were waving and celebrating as the ship got closer.
That celebration was short-lived as the ship, the Snow Dragon also got stuck because the ice was too thick for it to break. It got as close to the ship as six miles before becoming jammed in the ice.
The Chinese ship is still there, although no longer stuck, they are waiting for the winds to blow the ice away so they can attempt to move closer to the research vessel. Capt. Jiaangzhong of the Snow Dragon said:
“Right now we are waiting for the winds to blow ice away so we can move closer. The current ice condition is exceeding our capabilities to break through further.”
The crew on the stuck research ship had a “great Christmas” despite being stranded and they’ve been able to work on their research while sitting ice blocked.
Now the Australian Maritime Safety Authority is making their way to the stranded Antarctic ship, which will put two ice breaking ships in the area to help get the research ship out of the ice. The ice breaking Australian ship Aurora is expected to arrive Sunday night.