3rd January 2012: Russian Toothfish vessel free from ice

A Russian toothfish vessel (not a COLTO member) with a damaged hull that was trapped in Antarctica for nearly two weeks has been patched up and freed from ice, rescue workers said today.   

The Sparta had been stranded on the Antarctic ice shelf around 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km) southeast of New Zealand after ice ripped a hole in its hull and the ship started taking on water on December 16.

The vessel was catching Antarctic Toothfish (also known as Chilean Sea Bass)  in the Ross Sea at the time.

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