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Help on the way for ship trapped near south pole

ANTARCTICA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Rescue is on the way for 52 passengers and 4 crew members trapped on a Russian expedition ship near the South Pole.

A nearby Chinese icebreaker is carrying a helicopter and plans to start airlifting passengers and crew to safety, weather permitting.

The ship has been stuck in the Antarctic Sea since Christmas Day.

The expedition is exploring the effects of climate change on the region.