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The crew of a stricken Russian fishing vessel stranded in Antarctica will have to wait at least four days before they can be helped from the ice.
The New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCCNZ) has begun a deep sea rescue mission for the crew of the Sparta.
The ship issued a mayday call at 3am. It has 32 crew on board, 15 Russians, 16 Indonesians and 1 Ukrainian, and all are understood to be safe.
The 55 metre vessel is located near the ice shelf of Antarctica, 3704 km south east of New Zealand, and is confirmed to be taking on water.
Non-necessary crew have been evacuated off