Weather hampers rescue mission for ship stuck in Antarctic

In this image provided by Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy is trapped in thick Antarctic ice 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, Andrew Peacock)

December 29, 2013 6:07:18 PM PST
Seventy-four passengers trapped aboard a Russian research vessel in the Antarctic for nearly a week will have to wait even longer for rescue crews.

Weather hampered the latest rescue attempt Sunday.

A Chinese icebreaker that was trying to reach the ship Saturday turned back after the captain decided it could not get any closer.

Russian and Australian tourists and researchers are aboard the stuck ship.

Despite the sub-freezing temperatures, their spirits are high.

'We're still here, stuck at Cape Denison," one passenger said. "Any passing ship, do pay us a visit!"

The explorers got stuck near Antarctica Christmas morning after visiting historic research sites there.

Those stuck onboard are said to be safe with plenty of provisions.