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Nov 20, 2009 8:55 AM by Associated Press

Russian ship frees itself from ice in Antarctic

Russian shipping company says that its icebreaker carrying more than 100 tourists, scientists and journalists on an Antarctic cruise has freed itself from ice and reached clear water.

The Captain Khlebnikov icebreaker got stuck in sea ice earlier this week near Snow Hill Island in the Weddell Sea. Officials have said that people onboard weren't in any danger.

Fareastern Shipping Co. spokeswoman Tatyana Kulikova said Friday the icebreaker has reached clear water. She said it's now heading to Ushuaia on the Argentine coast. Kulikova said the icebreaker is expected to reach port in three days.

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