US Coast Guard tows fishing boat stuck in ice near Antarctica with 26 aboard

February 14, 2015 9:15 AM

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US Coast Guard tows fishing boat stuck in ice near Antarctica with 26 aboard

In this image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard the Austrailian fishing vessel the Antarctic Chieftain is seen from the the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as the cutter begins breaking up the ice around the vessel Friday Feb. 13, 2015. Rescuers on Saturday reached a fishing boat with 26 people aboard trapped in ice near Antarctica and plan to use an unmanned underwater vehicle to assess the damage to it. The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star traveled several hundred nautical miles through heavy ice to reach the Antarctic Chieftan. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Lt. j.g. Gina Caylor) (The Associated Press)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker was towing a fishing boat out of heavy ice in Antarctica on Saturday after the vessel was stuck there for three days with 26 people aboard.

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