Reddingsactie vastgevoren schip Antarctica begonnen

De eerste passagiers van het op Antarctica vastgevoren schip Akademik Sjokalskij zijn vandaag aan boord gegaan van een helikopter. Het is de bedoeling dat de bij elkaar 52 onderzoekers en toeristen naar de ongeveer 11 kilometer verderop geleden ijsbreker Sneeuwdraak worden gevolgen. Per keer kunnen 12 mensen met het Chinese hefschroefvliegtuig mee. De 22 bemanningsleden blijven aan boord van het schip dat op zich niet in gevaar is.

This image taken by expedition doctor Andrew Peacock of www.footloosefotography.com on January 2, 2014 shows a helicopter from the nearby Chinese icebreaker Xue Long picking up the first batch of passengers from the stranded Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy as rescue operations take place after over a week of being trapped in the ice off Antarctica. The helicopter mission to rescue 52 passengers trapped on the icebound Russian research ship finally got underway in Antarctica on January 2 after a number of false starts and failed icebreaking attempts. It was expected to take at least five hours to ferry all passengers from the icebound vessel to the Xue Long -- 10 nautical miles distant -- by helicopter, with five flights of up to 12 passengers and a return journey taking 45 minutes. The ship is carrying scientists and tourists who are following the Antarctic path of explorer Douglas Mawson a century ago, details of which at www.spiritofmawson.com, and have been carrying out the same scientific experiments his team conducted during the 1911-1914 Australian Antarctic Expedition -- the first large-scale Australian-led scientific expedition to the frozen continent. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / MANDATORY CREDIT: Andrew Peacock / www.footloosefotography.comAFP
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epa04004392 Scientists from the University of NSW, Australia, Ziggy Marzinellia and Graeme Clark prepare a suitable surface for a helicopter landing next to the Akademik Shokalskiy ship, which got stuck in ice in Antarctica, 31 December 2013. Passengers aboard the polar research vessel trapped in Antarctic ice for a week learned they would be taken off in batches when the weather improves enough to allow a helicopter rescue. The 74 people aboard the Russian-flagged MV Akademik Shokalskiy have been stranded since December 24, about 2,800 kilometres south of Hobart, Tasmania. French, Chinese and Australian icebreakers have tried and failed to smash through to them, leaving an air rescue as the last resort. EPA/ANDREW PEACOCK / FOOTLOOSEFOTOGRAPHY.COM MANDATORY CREDIT: EPA / ANDREW PEACOCK / FOOTLOOSEFOTOGRAPHY / SPIRITOFMAWSON.COMEPA
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In this image provided by Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy is trapped in thick Antarctic ice, 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. The research ship, with 74 scientists, tourists and crew on board, has been on a research expedition to Antarctica, when it got stuck Tuesday after a blizzard's whipping winds pushed the sea ice around the ship, freezing it in place. (AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, Andrew Peacock) EDITORIAL USE ONLYAP
In this Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 image provided by Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, passengers from the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy trapped in the ice 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia, walk around the ice. Passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for a week are expected to be rescued by helicopter, after three icebreakers failed to reach the paralyzed vessel, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, Andrew Peacock) EDITORIAL USE ONLYAP
epa04002998 A picture made available 29 December 2013 shows passengers in front of the Akademik Shokalskiy ship which got stuck in ice in Antarctica, 28 December 2013. The Russian-registered MV Akademik Shokalskiy became stuck in ice on 24 December with 48 passengers, mostly Australians, and around 20 crew on board. After rescue efforts by Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon failed, the remaining rescue ship, Australia's Aurora Australis, is expected to reach the site, about 2,500 kilometres south of Hobart, Tasmania, late 29 December. EPA/ANDREW PEACOCK / FOOTLOOSEFOTOGRAPHY.COM MANDATORY CREDIT: EPA / ANDREW PEACOCK / FOOTLOOSEFOTOGRAPHY / SPIRITOFMAWSON.COMEPA
The Xue Long (Snow Dragon) Chinese icebreaker (L), as seen from Australia's Antarctic supply ship, the Aurora Australis, sits in an ice pack unable to get through to the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, in East Antarctica, 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, January 2, 2014, in this handout courtesy of Fairfax's Australian Antarctic Division. A planned helicopter rescue of 52 passengers on the Russian Akademik Shokalskiy ship stranded in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve was delayed on Thursday due to unfavourable sea ice conditions in the area. The helicopter on the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon had planned to lift passengers from the trapped Akademik Shokalskiy on Thursday and then use a barge to transport them to the nearby Aurora Australis, Australia's Antarctic supply ship. Picture taken January 2, 2014. REUTERS/Fairfax/Australian Antarctic Division/Handout via Reuters (ANTARCTICA - Tags: MARITIME ENVIRONMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSREUTERS

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