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Crew give thanks after 10 days stuck in Antarctic ice

Crew members from the stranded research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy have been giving thanks after arriving safely on an Australian rescue ship.

The expedition leader Professor Chris Turney tweeted:

Guardian journalist Alok Jha was also full of praise for their rescuers:

AMSA: All but four passengers airlifted to rescue ship

All but four passengers from the research vessel stranded in the Antarctic have been safely transferred to an Australian icebreaker, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) which is coordinating the rescue effort.

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Second team airlifted from Antarctic ice

The second team of people stranded in the Antarctic have been airlifted from the ice by a Chinese rescue helicopter, according to expedition leader Professor Chris Turney.

See a video of the helicopter taking off here

The helicopter from the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon will take all the passengers from the ice-bound Akademik Shokalskiy and transfer them to an Australian Antarctic supply ship, the Aurora Australis.

First passengers board rescue helicopter in Antarctica

Rescue helicopter arrives at stranded Antarctic ship

A Chinese rescue helicopter has arrived to rescue passengers from a ship trapped in ice at the Antarctic, a passenger has said.

Expedition leader Professor Chris Turney tweeted a helicopter had arrived to rescue the 74 passengers on board.

Fifty two scientists, journalists and tourists, along with 22 crew members, have been trapped in sea ice on the Akademik Shokalskiy since Christmas Eve.

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Bid to rescue trapped Antarctic passengers thwarted

The latest attempt to airlift passengers in a research ship trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week has been delayed again after sea ice prevented a barge from reaching one of the rescue vessels.

A helicopter was expected to airlift passengers to Chinese icebreaker the Snow Dragon, and a barge would then ferry them to a nearby Australian vessel.

The Academic Shokalskiy has been unable to move since Christmas day, when thick sheets of ice blocked it in.

But before the operation could begin, sea ice blocked the path of the barge that needed to make it from the Australian vessel, the Aurora Australis, to the Snow Dragon.

The setback comes after the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Co-ordination Centre claimed the weather conditions had improved and rescue flights were likely to begin.

Expedition leader Chris Turney had earlier described a "stunning day" in a video posted on his Twitter account.

Antarctica ship 'trapped by a huge breakout'

The Antarctic expedition leader whose ship has been stranded in ice for over a week wrote on Twitter:

Crew of stranded Antarctic vessel prepare for rescue

The crew of a research vessel that has become trapped in ice in Antarctica have uploaded this video showing them preparing to be rescued by helicopter.

They can be heard singing 'Auld Lang Syne' as they stamp down the snow near the ship to make it easier for the helicopter to land:

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