Dragon breaks free …

China Daily reports

The stranded Chinese icebreaker, Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, broke through the Antarctic’s heavy ice floes at about 6 pm on Tuesday and was headed for open water, according to Xinhua News Agency.

After being stranded in heavy ice for five days, the ship had broken free by Tuesday evening and was making its way through lighter ice, China Central Television reported on Tuesday.

The vessel, which had been conducting China’s 30th Antarctic expedition before going to the aid of the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy, will now continue with its scheduled activities.

The Akademik S remains fast …

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