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52 on ship in Antarctic rescued

Helicopter ferries out passengers trapped since Dec. 24

Posted: January 3, 2014 at 2:41 a.m.

The first group of passengers from the trapped Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy exit a Chinese rescue helicopter Thursday in this photo provided by China’s Xinhua News Agency.

All 52 passengers trapped for more than a week on an icebound Russian research ship in the Antarctic were rescued Thursday when a Chinese helicopter swooped in and plucked them from the ice a dozen at a time.

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