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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ice Strands 105 Passengers on Icebreaker

A Russian icebreaker carrying 105 passengers, including a BBC television crew, on a sightseeing cruise was stuck in Antarctic ice Monday.

The Captain Khlebnikov got stuck during the weekend after strong wind drove ice floes to the area where the ship was docked in northeastern Antarctica, near Snow Hill Island, which has become a tourist attraction for its rocks and icebergs as well as penguins and killer whales, said the vessel's owner, the Far East Shipping Company, or FESCO.

The passengers, mostly British nationals, are not in any danger, and the incident only means that they will be delivered back to the port of Ushuaia, Argentina, a few days later than initially scheduled, FESCO officials told Interfax.

The Captain Khlebnikov will resume its voyage after the wind changes direction and its speed subsides from the current 20 meters per second to 5 meters per second, RIA-Novosti said.  

The icebreaker was constructed in 1981 in Helsinki and can carry up to 120 passengers, according to FESCO's web site.