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BBC News - China icebreaker close to trapped Antarctic ship
Antarctic ship rescue hits a snag as ice-breaker thwarted by extreme conditions
By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor
Rescuers trying to reach a ship trapped by sea ice in Antarctica were themselves thwarted by thick "multi-layered" ice more than 6.5 feet deep Friday.
The 74 passengers aboard the stricken MV Akademik Shokalskiy have been trapped in the ice for three days and were hoping a Chinese ice-breaking ship sent to rescue them would arrive Friday.
But the Snow Dragon has had its own progress delayed by the extreme Antarctic conditions and is now not expected to reach the Shokalskiy until 4 a.m. local time on Saturday (12 p.m. ET Friday).
Expedition leader professor Chris Turney told NBC News the Snow Dragon had encountered "multi-layered ice, two-plus meters thick (6.5 feet)."
He said his ship was in regular contact with Snow Dragon, which was "finding it heavy going" but "pushing on" through the difficult conditions.
Antarctic ship rescue hits a snag as ice-breaker thwarted by extreme conditions - World News
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