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Antarctic cruise ship steams for solo sailor rescue

Published on Jan 20, 2013 2:30 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - The crew of an Antarctic cruise ship steaming to the assistance of a French sailor adrift on the Southern Ocean in a life raft were preparing Sunday for a delicate rescue operation in remote seas.

Alain Delord was attempting to sail solo and without assistance around the world when his yacht, Tchouk Tchouk Nougat, was damaged in rough seas off southern Australia's Tasmania island on Friday.

Delord was forced to abandon ship and has been adrift in a life raft on the Southern Ocean for more than three days.

Authorities were first alerted to his plight by a colleague on Friday morning and Delord activated his emergency beacon later that afternoon.

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