Professor Martin Siegert said the aborted mission was "hugely frustrating":
This is of course, hugely frustrating for us, but we have learned a lot this year.
Although circumstances have not worked out as we would have wished, I am confident that through the huge efforts of the field team, and our colleagues in the UK, we have done as much as we possibly could have done, and I sincerely thank them all.
Scientists are to begin drilling through 3km of ice to reach an Antarctic lake that has been untouched for hundreds of thousands of years.
A team of British scientists is set to start drilling deep into an Antarctic ice sheet in the hope of finding life in an ancient lake.