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Stranded fishermen days away from Antarctic rescue

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posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 07:16 PM
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Stranded fishermen days away from Antarctic rescue


tvnz.co.nz

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
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posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 07:16 PM
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Doesn't sound good that the ship is taking on water. My thoughts and prayers are with the crew and their families. Four days is a long time to wait for help in Antarctica with no shelter. The logistics for the rescue make the situation tense as they have to find and navigate through areas with the least amount of ice to reach the ship. Glad the U.S. can give support.

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posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 07:23 PM
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I wonder where the non-necessary crew have been evacuated off the ship too??

Presumably if they can be evacuated then the rest can too should it actually be considered in danger of foundering.



posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 07:48 PM
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I'm assuming they are stuck fast in the ice and those not needed for saving the ship were put on the ice to make camp while the crew figures out how to stop it from leaking.

I wish the article at least mentioned why they made the distress call in the first place.



posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 07:56 PM
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I just watched the video attached to the article. They showed a map pinpointing the ship right on the Ross Ice Shelf. What the heck were they fishing for there?

And the pics of that ship tell me that boat needed some repairs before it headed out.

The NZ reporter was cute though.

:-)



posted on Dec, 15 2011 @ 08:33 PM
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Apparently it hit an iceberg while fishing for Antarctic Toothfish - another unsustainable fishery being plundered until it collapses - although this particular boat was "licenced" by an international commission that is supposed to regulate the industry down there.
edit on 15-12-2011 by Aloysius the Gaul because: (no reason given)



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