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Icebound Ship in Antarctica Still Stuck in Ice, Awaits Rescue Ship

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A Chinese icebreaker that was en route to rescue a ship trapped in Antarctic ice has been forced to turn back after being unable to push its way through the heavy sea ice. A Chinese icebreaker that was en route to rescue a ship trapped in Antarctic ice has been forced to turn back after being unable to push its way through the heavy sea ice.

UPDATE: SYDNEY  - A Chinese icebreaker that was en route to rescue a ship trapped in Antarctic ice has been forced to turn back after being unable to push its way through the heavy sea ice.

The Snow Dragon icebreaker came within 7 miles of the Russian ship (MV Akademik Shokalskiy), which has been stuck since Christmas Eve, but had to retreat after the ice became too thick.

An Australian icebreaker expected to arrive Sunday has the best chance of cutting through the ice.

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SYDNEY  - The Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck in the ice on Tuesday. The ship wasn't in danger of sinking, and there were ample supplies for the 74 scientists, tourists and crew on board, but the vessel simply couldn't move.
    
Three icebreakers have been trying to reach the ship since authorities received the vessel's distress signal on Wednesday. By Friday afternoon, China's Snow Dragon had made it to the edge of the sea ice surrounding the ship, 12 miles away.
    
But expedition leader Chris Turney says it could still be another day before the Snow Dragon reaches the ship.

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