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Antarctic rescue mission: helicopter evacuation to the Aurora Australis - video

Guardian journalist Alok Jha and video producer Laurence Topham are among 52 scientists and passengers who have been airlifted to the Aurora Australis by a Chinese helicopter from the Xue Long icebreaker in a co-ordinated rescue mission. Their research vessel, the Akademik Shokalskiy, became trapped in heavy sea ice off the coast of Antarctica on Christmas Eve and has been unable to break free.

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