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

Rob Almeida
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December 29, 2013

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The Xue Long (Snow Dragon) Chinese icebreaker sits in the ice pack unable to get through to the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, in East Antarctica, December 28, 2013, some 100 nautical miles (185 km) east of French Antarctic station Dumont D’Urville and about 1,500 nautical miles (2,800 km) south of Hobart, Tasmania. The Snow Dragon was one of three icebreakers sent to free the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which became stranded on Tuesday in ice driven by strong winds. Ice appeared to be cracking up on Sunday, raising hopes for a rescue as the Aurora Australis, a powerful Australian icebreaker, approached the stranded vessel. The trapped Russian ship, with 74 people on board, left New Zealand on November 28 on a privately funded expedition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by famed Australian explorer Douglas Mawson. Picture taken December 28, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Peacock (ANTARCTICA – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

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