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Search For Missing Yacht Berserk Continues

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Search For Missing Yacht Berserk Continues

Two ships and one helicopter continue to search McMurdo Sound in Antarctica for signs of the missing Norwegian yacht Berserk and its three crew.

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 (NZDT). The yacht's position at that time was 18 nautical miles (33km) north of Scott Base, in the Ross Sea. There has been no communication from the vessel since, and its distress beacon is no longer transmitting.

Two crew members ashore as part of a Norwegian Antarctic expedition were spoken to by satellite phone at about 1pm (NZDT) today, giving their position as about 100 miles from Scott Base and providing rescuers information to help locate their three fellow crew members aboard the missing vessel.

The vessels Steve Irwin and Professor Kromov and a helicopter from the Steve Irwin have been making the most of near perfect weather conditions to search as much of the area as they can before nightfall.

The Berserk is a 48ft (14m) steel hulled sailboat. The vessel had dropped the 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.

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