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Survey Ship Trapped Off Antarctica Is Freed

Associated Press

A survey ship trapped in ice off Antarctica for a week has been freed, the British Antarctic Survey said.

The Norwegian shipping company Rieber Shipping A/S said that its research vessel Polar Duke had taken off all 64 of the crew and British Antarctic Survey members aboard the 2,000-ton John Biscoe between Nov. 17 and Nov. 19.

However, the government-funded British survey organization said later in a statement that 24 crew members were put back aboard the ship, where they started the engines and managed to free the vessel.

It said the ship headed north toward the American Palmer Station on Anvers Island, where the other 40 crew and members of the survey team were taken.

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