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  British explorers drive across frozen sea
Updated 08 April 2002, 18.37
Snowbird 6 can cruise through crushed ice and climb icebergs
Two British explorers are claiming to be the first to drive from America to Russia across the dangerous Bering Strait.

The journey is only possible in winter when the Strait freezes over to become an ice bridge.

Fact File
Snowbird 6
The vehicle cost 200,000
It can float on water
It can climb icebergs
It can cruise through crushed ice

But the daring pair only managed to dip their toes into Russia as officials refused to let them cross the border.

The British Ice Challenge Expedition got as far as the international dateline before being turned back.

Flown home

The Bering Stait can be crossed during the winter when it freezes over
The vehicle used to cross the treacherous frozen water is very special.

It took five years to build and is called Snowbird 6.

Due to bad weather the two explorers will now be flown back to their base in America.

Snowbird 6 will be left in the cold till the weather improves and it can be brought home safely.

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