Saturday, December 17, 2011

Stricken Russian ship's crew await New Zealand air drop

[ via BBC Asia ] 16 Dec

A Russian fishing vessel Sparta is holed beneath the waterline and stuck in heavy sea ice of arctic.

As per reports a New Zealand plane is heading to the location of a Russian fishing boat in trouble in icy Antarctic waters to drop equipment and fuel.

The C130 Hercules, from the Royal New Zealand Defence Force, will take seven hours to reach the stricken ship, which is about 2,000 nautical miles (3,700km) south-east of New Zealand.

A number of ships are on their way to assist the vessel but all are days away and being hampered by heavy sea ice.


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