Ria Novosti reports an attempt to rescue the passengers on a Russian cruise ship stranded in pack ice in the Antarctic has been delayed again by the weather, Australia’s maritime authority said Thursday.
Earlier, the authority said a helicopter from a nearby Chinese ship would be used to pick up the passengers and transfer them to an Australian icebreaker, the Aurora Australis. The Shokalskiy’s crew of 22 will remain on board, says Ria Novosti.
The ice is preventing a barge from getting close to the Australian ship. Ria Novosti explains The barge was needed because the Chinese helicopter could not land on the Australian vessel due to weight restrictions, and would have had to land on the barge next to the Australian ship instead.
The authority says the safest option is to wait for weather conditions to improve before making a rescue attempt. All the passengers and crew are well and have plenty of supplies, the authority said, adds Ria Novosti.