Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Extra pumps headed to stricken Russian boat

From Yahoo! 7 News: More water pumps will be rushed to the crew of a stricken Russian fishing boat stranded in Antarctica as they battle to stay afloat while waiting for rescue ships to arrive, officials said Tuesday. The nearest vessels are still several days away and are being hampered from reaching the Russian-flagged Sparta because of thick ice in the frozen Southern Ocean.

The crew have attached mooring lines to the ice to give the ship greater stability and are managing to pump out water at the speed it is coming in, but New Zealand rescue officials said they need more pumps and fuel.

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Extra pumps headed to stricken Russian boat

Photo credit: The Sparta is trapped in waters in the Ross Sea, close to the Antarctic ice shelf. (Reuters/United States Air Force)

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