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Aussie icebreaker nears ship stranded off Antarctica

Cold comfort: Some of the people aboard had gone onto the ice to study birds and make other scientific observations, while others had occupied themselves on board with classes on subjects such as knot tying. - PHOTO: AFP

[NEW YORK] An Australian icebreaker worked its way slowly through thick ice off Antarctica early yesterday in the latest attempt to rescue about 70 people aboard a stranded research ship.

The ship, the 71-metre Akademik Shokalskiy, became stuck in the ice last Tuesday when strong winds...

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