COMMONWEALTH BAY, Antarctica – The tourists and scientists, who have been trapped for more than a week by Antarctic ice, aren’t letting their situation get their holiday spirit down.
The group of 74 tourists, scientists and crew members were on a trip to study climate change when the Russian vessel they were traveling on became stuck in thick ice near Antarctica.
The ship stopped moving on Christmas and has not been able to make any progress since.
Earlier, an Australian icebreaker, called the Aurora Australis, tried to break up the ice.
However, it wasn’t able to make it through the ice, which is 10 feet thick in some spots.
Then, crews from China were preparing to perform an air rescue.
However, they had to hold off the rescue efforts until the weather conditions cleared.
The stranded crew decided to write a special song to ring in the New Year in their own way, since they are stuck at the bottom of the world.
The song goes as follows:
“We’re the AAE who have traveled far, having fun doing science in Antarctica. Lots of snow and lots of ice, lots of penguins which are very, very nice. Really good food and company but a bloody great shame we are still stuck here. Ice thaw, cha, cha, cha. Ice thaw, cha, cha cha. Ice thaw, cha, cha, cha. Lots of ships around us now, boats at our stern and boats at our bow. Up in the air the Chinese came, flew around once and left again. The French dropped by but couldn’t get near. Bloody great shame we are still stuck here. Akademik Shokalskiy, Akademik Shokalskiy, Akademik Shokalskiy, Akademik Shokalskiy. Aurora Australis came roaring in but the ice was thick where they thought it was thin. They withdrew to the edge to consider their plan. Really determined to the very last man. The way through the pack was far from clear. So, bloody great shame we are still stuck here. Stuck in Antarctica, stuck in Antarctica.”
When the weather allows, a helicopter is expected to move all 52 passengers from the ship to the Chinese ‘snow dragon,’ while the crew stays behind with the vessel.