By Maggie Lu Yueyang
SYDNEY, Dec 30 (Reuters) – An Antarctic blizzard has halted an Australian icebreaker’s attempt to reach a Russian ship trapped for a week with 74 people onboard, rescuers said on Monday.
The Akademik Shokalskiy left New Zealand on Nov. 28 on a private expedition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.
It became trapped in the ice on Dec. 24, 100 nautical miles east of the French Antarctic station Dumont D’Urville. The 74 people aboard include scientists and tourists, many of them Australian, and 22 Russian crew.
A first rescue attempt by a Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, had to be halted because the ice was so thick.
Now another attempt, by the Aurora Australis, has been hampered by the weather.
It has had to return to open waters about 18 nautical miles from the Akademik Shokalskiy because of poor visibility, the 江苏夜网论坛