Ship stuck in Antarctica

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Stranded on the ice

Fog and heavy snow mean the 74 passengers on the Russian ship stranded in Antarctica for over a week are likely to ring in the New Year trapped on the ice, as a rescue helicopter on a nearby Chinese ship waits for the weather to clear. See gallery

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica on Dec. 29. Fog and heavy snow mean the 74 passengers on the Russian ship are likely to ring in the New Year trapped in the ice, as a rescue helicopter on a nearby Chinese ship waits for the weather to clear. The helicopter on board the Snow Dragon will be used after an Australian icebreaker failed to reach the trapped ship. The Russian ship left New Zealand on Nov. 28 on a privately funded expedition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by famed Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.

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Walking on the deck

A crew member of the Akademik Shokalskiy walks on the snow-covered aft deck of the stranded ship in the Antarctic on Dec. 29.

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Preparing for evacuation

Chris Fogwill (bottom) and Chris Turney, co-leaders of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, are pictured below deck of the stranded Akademik Shokalskiy on Dec. 30, as they prepare equipment for a helicopter evacuation.

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A feathered visitor

Barbara Tucker, a passenger aboard the trapped ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, looks at an Adelie penguin walking by on the ice on Dec. 29.

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Talking to the media

Professor Chris Turney, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, is pictured talking to international media from the top deck of the stranded MV Akademik Shokalskiy in Antarctica on Dec. 30.

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Waving to helicopter

Nicole De Losa, a passenger on board the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, waves to a helicopter sent from the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long (Snow Dragon) to assess ice conditions around the Russian ship on Dec. 29.

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Snow-covered deck

A coat of snow covers the deck of the trapped ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy in East Antarctica on Dec. 29.

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Chinese icebreaker

The Xue Long (Snow Dragon) Chinese icebreaker sits in the ice pack unable to get through to the MV Akademik Shokalskiy in East Antarctica, Dec. 28.

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