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:
An oceanographer awaiting rescue on a Russian ship trapped in ice off Antarctica said it is a case of "hurry up and wait" on the vessel.
Erik van Sebille said in a video diary, "Everything must be ready to go as soon as possible [in case of a successful rescue attempt], but in the meantime it's a lot of waiting here".
The 74 passengers on the MV Akademik Shokalskiy are pinning their hopes on a helicopter rescue after three icebreakers failed to reach the paralysed vessel.
However, the helicopter must wait for a break in the weather before it can attempt a rescue, and conditions are not expected to improve before tomorrow.
Passengers on board the Russian ship stranded off Antarctica are awaiting a "clear weather window" so they can be rescued by helicopter:
Aurora can't make it through. Looks like we're going to be helicoptered out. Just need a clear weather window. Raining! #spiritofmawson
Russia has said that most of the 74 passengers and crew stranded on a ship off Antarctica will be evacuated by a Chinese helicopter, AFP reported.
"A decision has been reached to evacuate 52 passengers and four crew members by helicopter from China's Xue Long ship, should the weather allow," the news agency reported, citing a Russian foreign ministry statement.
Earlier today, an Australian icebreaker's bid to reach Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy was thwarted by poor visibility after a blizzard.
A Russian ship stranded in the Antactic is pictured in ice as an Australian icebreaker's bid to reach it is halted because of poor visibility caused by a blizzard.
MV Akademik Shokalskiy has been stuck since Christmas Eve after a blizzard's whipping winds pushed the sea ice around the ship, freezing it in place.
The ship is not in danger of sinking, and there are several week's worth of supplies for the 74 scientists, tourists and crew on board.
A video has been uploaded to YouTube which shows a day in the life of 74 passengers onboard a Russian ship which has been stranded in the Antarctic for a week.
An Australian icebreaker's mission to free the Akademik Shokalskiy is currently suspended due to poor visibility caused by a blizzard.
Expedition leader Professor Chris Turney tweeted a link to the video and said everyone was well and looking forward to seeing their loved ones soon.
Antarctic expedition member Terry Gostlow said spirits were high on board the stranded Russian ship.
An Antarctic blizzard has halted an Australian icebreaker's bid to reach a Russian ship trapped for a week with 74 people on board.
The Aurora Australis had to return to open waters about 18 nautical miles from the stranded Akademik Shokalskiy because of poor visibility, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), which is co-ordinating the rescue, told Reuters.
The Australian vessel had reached as close as about 10 nautical miles from the trapped ship before turning back.
"The weather condition is not safe for it to proceed, and it's gone back to open water," AMSA spokeswoman Lisa Martin said.
The leader of an expedition to the Antarctic that was thwarted after their vessel became stranded in the ice has said all is "well":
High winds this am; sorry for limited comms. Set up tent on top deck. All well. Aurora making good progress. Waiting game ! #spiritofmawson
Images of the passengers on board the Russian ship stranded in freezing waters near Antarctica have been released as they wait to be rescued.