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High winds and snow forced an Australian icebreaker to abandon an attempt to rescue an icebound research ship off Antarctica on Monday, leaving the ships 70 passengers and crew members stranded for a sixth day, maritime safety officials said. The chartered Russian ship, the 233-foot Akademik Shokalskiy, became stuck in the ice last Tuesday when strong winds pushed loose pack ice up against it near Cape de la Motte, about 1,700 miles south of Hobart, Tasmania. It is carrying the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, scientists and tourists who are studying changes to the environment of East Antarctica in the century since the region was first explored.
|Snow And Strong Winds Delay Rescue Attempt Off Antarctica|
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