Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentine Republic)
ARGENTINE NAVY PERSONNEL PREPARE TO ASSIST VESSEL OLDENDORFF TRAPPED IN
Argentine navy personnel load supplies onto the Argentine ice breaker
ship "Almirante Irizar", as they prepare to depart from a Buenos Aires
dock, June 24, 2002. The ship will set out on a rescue mission to
assist 79 Russian scientists and 28 crew aboard the German-owned vessel
Magdalena Oldendorff, trapped in the Antarctic ice since June 16, 2002.
The Almirante Irizar is expected to reach the edge of the icefields in
about 15 days, before worsening weather in the Antarctic winter. The
107 people on board have rationed food and fuel to last until July 15.