Captain Wang Jianzhong (front) commands Chinese research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong to break out from ice in Antarctica, Jan. 7, 2014. Trapped China icebreaker Xuelong made successful escape through heavy sea ice at 18:30 Beijing time on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Jiansong)
[Video]Xuelong to break free as ice around loosened
[Photos]Chinese icebreaker Xuelong prepares for breaking-out
[Photos]Normal life of scientists aboard Xuelong undisturbed
Xuelong stands ready to break through in 48 hours
ABOARD XUELONG, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Trapped Chinese research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong on Monday is continuing to make the necessary preparations for possible escape from heavy sea ice in the next 48 hours.
Starting from early morning Tuesday, Xuelong will enforce a 48-hour highest-level emergency state, closely monitoring the movements of surrounding floes and icebergs and standing ready to break through. Full story