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ESA keeps vigil on the Antarctic ice pack

16 July 2002

Web Content Image An unusually heavy Antarctic sea-ice pack has kept polar supply ship Magdalena Oldendorff trapped for more than a month. A multinational rescue mission already evacuated passengers and non-essential crew from the vessel, caught in ice while returning from the Russian base of Novolazarevskaya on Queen Maud Land. Meanwhile, an Argentine icebreaker Almirante Irizar is on its way to attempt to free the ship, and a second Swedish icebreaker Oden is also en route to support the effort.
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