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.

This story is only available from our archives.

Front Section, Pages 2 on 01/03/2014


« Previous Story

The world in brief

QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think everyone is relieved and excited to be going onto the Australian icebreaker and then home.” Chris Turney, the expedition leader on a Russian resea... Read »

Next Story »

Police seize 3 tons of meth in China

Chinese authorities deployed helicopters, speedboats and paramilitary police to seize 3 tons of methamphetamine in a raid on a southern village notorious for illegal drug p... Read »