site.btaDay 63: RSV 421 Helps Distressed Explorers from Spanish Antarctic Station
The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) helped a group of explorers in distress from the Juan Carlos I Spanish Antarctic Station (SAS), adjacent to the St Kliment Ohridski Bulgarian Antarctic Base on Livingstone Island. No one was injured and the 14 explorers from the Spanish station, including two Canadian scientists, were picked up successfully aboard RSV 421 from the shore off Hannah Point where they had been doing research, BTA learned on the scene.
The Bulgarian vessel had received a signal that one of the two inflatable boats of the Spanish group had burst and that it was impossible to sail the seven miles from Hannah Point to the Juan Carlos I SAS in the second boat due to strong winds and rough seas in the southern part of the island. Commanding Officer Nikolay Danailov called on board the RSV 421 crew, who were helping the Bulgarian explorers at their base, and they weighed anchor to help the distressed explorers.
An hour later, RSV 421 reached the bay at Hannah Point and launched a workboat that picked up the explorers from the shore. Their two boats were hoisted by crane on board the Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii.
Boarding the ship, the group of 14 from the Spanish Antarctic Station, who had spent more than 10 hours wearing immersion suits on the shore off Hannah Point, thanked the Bulgarian crew for their help. The group will be taken back to the Juan Carlos I SAS.
BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov is the only member of the media who is travelling on board the ship to Livingston Island and back and is covering the Bulgarian expedition throughout its stay in Antarctica.
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