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All 52 passengers rescued from ship trapped in Antarctic

An American heavy icebreaker is leaving Australia for Antarctica to rescue more than 120 crew members aboard two vessels trapped in ice near the frozen continent's eastern edge. 52 scientists were rescued from the Russian ship last week.

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Antarctica passenger: Case of 'hurry up and wait'

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.

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