Monday, December 19, 2011

Sparta crew waiting for rescue in Antarctica

The Sparta is a fishing vessel that is currently in the Antarctic waiting to be rescued.  The ship has taken on water due to a hole caused by an iceberg.  There have been several attempts by other ships to reach the Sparta, but the ice conditions have made it too difficult.  The crew did abandon ship to lifeboats at one point, but have returned and at least temporarily repaired the hole partially with help from supplies including a pump dropped off by at C130 Hercules from the Royal New Zealand Air Force.  A South Korean icebreaker, Aaron, has been commissioned to rescue the crew, but it could be a week before the ship gets to them.

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