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Dozens Of Ships Stranded In Baltic Sea Ice

Dozens of cargo and passenger ships, including six large passenger ferries plying between Sweden and Finland, have become stuck in ice in the Baltic Sea, said officials and news reports on Thursday.

According to Swedish maritime authorities, some 50 vessels, including the ferries, are currently stuck in the Baltic Sea ice, some of them not expected to be freed for hours.

Radio Sweden reported Thursday that most of the vessels stranded in ice were between between Stockholm and the Alan Islands, with the six stuck ferries having thousands of passengers on board.

Meanwhile, several local reports indicated that the Vidar Viking ice-breaker has since managed to drag some of the stranded ships from the ice-clogged waters in the Baltic Sea, which is said to be experiencing the worst freeze in 15 years.

Officials said that among the six ferries stranded in the ice were the Isabella and the Amorella, with the two ships jointly carrying some 2,630 passengers on board. It is also understood that several ferries across the Baltic Sea have been canceled because of thick ice.

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