Polish yacht runs aground in Antarctica
PR dla Zagranicy
A Polish long-distance cruising yacht, Polonus, has encountered trouble after it hit land on King Gerorge island.
Authorities were alerted to the site by the Polish-run Henryk Arctowski research station, seen here in the foreground. Photo: cc/WIkimedia Commons
The Chilean coast guard said that all four people aboard the yacht were safely evacuated.
The rescue mission was carried out in difficult weather conditions, and was performed by members of the Chilean and Argentinian Naval Forces, which were alerted by the Henryk Arctowski research station run by the Polish Academy of Sciences on King George Island.
Situated around 120 km from the coast of Antarctica, the waters around the island are among the world's most treacherous passages for naval navigation.
No one was hurt in the Polonus accident. (rg)