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    Antartic Rescue

    An operation is underway in the Antartic to rescue 22 crew and 52 scientists trapped on an ice-bound research vessel since Christmas Eve. The Shok-alskiy was trapped by thick sheets of ice about 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart - the capital of the Australian state of Tasmania. The vessel is being used by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition to follow the route explorer Douglas Mawson travelled a century ago. The rescue involves ferrying groups of passengers using a helicopter from a Chinese icebreaker. Keelin spoke to Liz McCollum, a Wicklow vet, who has spent time aboard the Akademik Shok-alskiy.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0102/495569-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-2-january-2014/?clipid=1386652

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