Research crew stuck in Antarctica

The Russian-built MV Akademik Shokalskiy was retracing Sir Douglas Mawson's Antarctic expedition and doing scientific research when heavy sea ice closed in.

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  1. A few of the crew onboard, including Guardian journalists Alok Jha and Laurence Topham as well as expedition leader Chris Turney, are posting regular updates on social media. Take a look at some of their posts below:
  2. December 25, Christmas Day:
  3. The dire situation was not enough to hamper the Christmas spirit onboard.
  4. We're in the ice like the explorers of old! All are well and spirits are high. Happy Christmas from the AA... 
  5. December 26:
  6. Another blizzard rolls in.
  7. We're channeling the spirit of Mawson. Very much in the Home of the Blizzard! Alok Jha #spiritofmawson 
  8. December 27:
  9. The blizzard had passed. We're checking the sea ice around the Shokalskiy. #spiritofmawson Alok Jha 
  10. The science continues. Drilling ice to observe life below. #spiritofmawson Alok Jha WIRED @text_publishi... 
  11. The first of three icebreakers, Chinese ship Snow Dragon, is being sent to rescue the ship.
  12. December 28:
  13. Unfortunately, the ice was too thick for Snow Dragon.
    The second icebreaker, a French vessel, isn't expected to make it through the ice either.
    The crew now await the third icebreaker, Australian ship Aurora Australis.