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Antarctic ship passengers 'to be evacuated by Chinese helicopter'

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Most passengers and some crew from a scientific expedition ship stranded off Antarctica will be evacuated by helicopter to a Chinese icebreaker if weather conditions improve, Russia said Monday. 

MV Akademik Shokalskiy, stuck in the ice off east Antarctica, waits to be rescued, on December 30, 2013

Authorities decided to resort to the helicopter evacuation after the Aurora Australis rescue icebreaker was forced to retreat in the face of freezing winds and snow showers 10 nautical miles from the Russian-flagged MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which is stuck in an ice field.

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