December 28th, 2011
05:07 AM ET

Russian ship sails after repairs in the Antarctic

A damaged Russian fishing vessel headed for open water Wednesday after receiving repairs in the frigid waters around Antarctica, New Zealand officials said.

"The Sparta has been freed up from the ice shelf and is now underway under her own power," said Sian Routledge, a spokeswoman for Maritime New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre. "The repairs appear to be holding."

A South Korean polar research vessel, called Araon, assisted with repairs and will escort the Russian ship, along with its 32 crewmembers to open water.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Alternative headline:
    REPAIRED RUSSIAN SHIP SINKS!

    December 28, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Half-frozen Russian guy

    TH-THIS IS TH-THE S-SPARTA!!!!!

    December 28, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    @jif cool post LMAO how you doin my fine and highly favored FRIEND

    December 28, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Alternativd headline whaleing ship stuck on ice berg,Unrepairable they tried and tried and tried and tried but to no avaible.Ship then became froze in unable to rescue men.All perish,and rest of fleet suspend rest of season due to watsons harrassment

    December 28, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    gung hoe,
    It could have turned out that way too.
    It's all good.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Meestor Yay

    LIBERALS!

    December 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    CONSERVATIVES!

    Now that we got that business out of the way...

    December 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |