Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Missing Norwegian Antarctic expedition Ground Party Located

24 FEBRUARY 2011 TIME: 2.00PM

Missing ground party located

Two men missing as part of a Norwegian Antarctic expedition have been found alive and well, and have provided rescuers with new information that may help locate their three crew members missing since Tuesday 22 February (NZDT).

A rescue mission was launched after the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) picked up a signal from a distress beacon registered to the yacht Berserk about 5pm on Tuesday 22 February. The yacht’s position at that time was 18 nautical miles (33km) north of Scott Base, in the Ross Sea.

The Berserk is a 48ft (14m) steel hulled sailboat. It is understood there are three people on board, and that the vessel had dropped two explorers onto Antarctica for the purpose of attempting to reach the South Pole. Four of the all male crew are understood to be from Norway, and a fifth from the United Kingdom. There has been no communication from the vessel, and its distress beacon is no longer transmitting.

However, at about 1pm today (NZDT), contact was made via satellite phone with the two men from the ground party, who gave their position as about 100 miles from Scott Base. Both are alive and well. They also provided rescuers with information about the possible location of their crewmates and the missing vessel, which is still be checked by RCCNZ.

A further update will be provided once more information becomes available.

Background

RCCNZ tasked the New Zealand Navy vessel HMNZS Wellington to assist in the search for the Berserk on Tuesday 22 February (NZDT). After completing a search early yesterday (23 February), the vessel turned back due to extremely difficult weather in the region, including winds up to 150kph. Yesterday, RCCNZ tasked the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin and the Heritage Expedition vessel Professor Kromov to join in the search.

The Steve Irwin arrived in the area around 7.00am today (NZDT), and has been using its helicopter, a Hughes 500, to carry out a search focusing on a 30-55 mile area of shoreline around the sailboat’s last known position. The vessel is also searching on the water for any trace of the men and their missing vessel.

The helicopter had previously found no trace of the vessel or its crew, though the Steve Irwin did spot a liferaft about 7.30am today reportedly lost from the HMNZS Wellington.

About 4000 square kilometres have so far been covered by the search, which has been hampered by extreme weather conditions in the last 48 hours, and a lack of firm information about the Berserk’s intentions.

MORE
RCCNZ has been in contact with Scott Base, but no other aircraft are available for searching at this stage.

Meanwhile, the Professor Kromov is expected in the area about 4-5pm (NZDT), depending on the sea and weather conditions.

Weather in the area is currently good for searching, with relatively calm seas, winds of 25 knots (45kph), and good visibility.

RCCNZ is in contact with the Norwegian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (Hovedredningssentralen), which is working with the missing crew’s families.

It is the southern-most search conducted by RCCNZ within New Zealand’s search and rescue region.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences.

Such is the power of the economic orthodoxy that when opposition parties arise – say, in the shape of the Greens – their “credibility” is measured by the extent to which they give the appearance of learning and abiding by the ruling consensus.

The tension between the desire for change – and the inability of the current political framework to deliver it – creates openings for populists of all stripes. It is what has made the emergence of Internet Mana so interesting. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Valedictory Season: Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament Thursday outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news