The 620 dwt research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy became trapped in ice off the coast of Antarctica near Stillwell Island. The Akademik Shokalskiy had been at anchor 40 miles off Mawson’s Hut on Cape Denison, Antarctica with 74 people when it departed for the Mertz glacier. The vessel became stuck in heavy ice floes as it approached Cape de la Motte. The vessel contacted authorities and three icebreakers were dispatched to aid the Akademik Shokalskiy. Reports state the nearest vessels were at least two days away, but the research vessel was in no immediate danger. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.