Rescue Vessel May Now Be Stuck

No good deed goes unpunished. A Chinese ice-breaker that aided passengers stranded on the Russian research vessel in Antarctica may now also be stuck. The Chinese ship, Xue Long, “notified AMSA [the Australian Maritime Safety Authority]... this afternoon [that] it has concerns about its ability to move through heavy ice in the area," said AMSA in a statement Thursday. The Chinese vessel will try to maneuver again early on Jan. 4, when conditions might improve.