Blizzard Halts Icebreaker’s Bid To Rescue Stranded Ship Off Antarctica

__AASYDNEY, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Severe Antarctic weather was slowing an Australian icebreaker’s bid to reach a Russian ship trapped in ice since Christmas eve with 74 people onboard, the Australian maritime rescue agency said on Monday.   The Aurora Australis was currently about 11 nautical miles (20 kms) from the stranded Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy, said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), which is co-ordinating the rescue.    The Australian icebreaker was one of the three vessels sent to try and free the Russian ship.   A Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, has been halted by thick ice within sight of the ice-bound ship, while another French-flagged ship was no longer involved in the rescue.    The Chinese Snow Dragon would remain on standby until the Aurora Australis reaches the Russian ship, AMSA said earlier.….MORE



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