Sodruzhestvo, Russian Ship, Freed After Month Trapped In Ice

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In this March 2006 file photo, the Captain Khlebnikov icebreaker seen in the Russia's Pacific port of Vladivostok, about 6,400 km (4,000 miles) east of Moscow. | AP File

MOSCOW — The Russian Transport Ministry says two icebreakers have freed a large fish-processing ship that had been trapped in ice off the country's far eastern coast since New Year's Eve.

The Ministry said Sunday the ship has been towed to open water in the Sea of Okhotsk.

The Sodruzhestvo was the last of three ships that became trapped on Dec. 31. It was the most difficult to free because it is wider than the path an icebreaker can clear. Previous rescue operations had been impeded by heavy winds and poor visibility.

When the ships became trapped, the Transport Ministry said all had adequate supplies of food and water and the crews were not in danger.

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