Mac & Mac's Pick: Antarctic expedition airlifted

By WEEK Producer

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM CDT

Fifty-two scientists and tourists who were re-enacting an Australian Antarctic expedition have been airlifted out after ten days stuck in the ice.

Chinese helicopters were able to land and bring the expedition members to another icebreaker which was outside the pack ice.

The expedition members were never in danger, as the stuck Russian icebreaker had plenty of food and supplies on hand.

Ironically, the expedition this group was re-enacting also got caught in ice over 100-years ago and only the expedition leader survived.

Meanwhile, the Russian icebreaker and its 22 person crew remains stuck.