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Ship breaks free from Antarctic ice

ANTARCTICA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Russian research ship at the center of an Antarctic rescue drama has broken free from the heavy pack ice.

Only the 22-member crew is still on board.

The Chinese ice breaker "The Snow Dragon" sent a helicopter last week to pick up the 52 scientists, journalists and tourists who had been trapped since Christmas.

But their journey home was delayed till Tuesday after the Snow Dragon also broke free after getting stuck in the ice.