Ship stuck in the ice off the coast of Antarctica

December 25, 2013 6:05:48 PM PST
Nearly 60 people are spending this Christmas stranded on a Russian-flagged expedition ship off the coast of Antarctica and rescue crews are still two days away.

The ship got stuck in the ice in a remote region off the coast of Antarctica.

"We've been in touch with the master of the vessel, who says they are beset by ice," spokeswoman Hayward-Maher said. "They are basically trapped or stuck in the ice and can't move."

Now, three vessels are heading toward the Russian-operated Akademik Shokalskiy.

Of the 57 souls on board, 22 are crewmen and 35 are passengers. The ship cruised to the site of a 1911-1914 expedition of British explorer Sir Douglas Mawson, according to Expeditions Online, a travel agency that sells tickets for the cruise.

Officials believe the passengers are safe and have enough supplies to wait out their rescue.

ABC News contributed to this report.

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