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Trapped ship passengers prepare ground for helicopter landing

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Tourists and scientists aboard a Russian ship trapped for eight days in ice off Antarctica on Tuesday (December 31) stomped on snow and ice, in order to prepare a landing space to allow a helicopter to land and rescue them. "It's the 31st of December at 3 p.m.. We've just learned that the Aurora can't reach us, so we're preparing the helipad, by getting the team to stomp down on this snow and ice so that the Chinese helicopter from Snow Dragon can reach us, when the weather improves," said Chris Turney, a Professor of Climate Change at the University of New South Wales. He posted his videos on this YouTube channel The Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped since December 24 about 100 nautical miles east of a French Antarctic station, Dumont D'Urville, and about 1,500 nautical miles south of Tasmani

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