The 52 passengers stranded on the ice-bound polar research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy have been successfully transferred by helicopter to the Aurora Australis. The Akademik Shokalskiy crew (22 people) will remain on board until the ship becomes free of the sea ice.

Passengers boarding transfer helicopter (BBC: Andrew Luck-Baker)

More information:

BBC News – Antarctic rescue of Akademik Shokalskiy ship completed.