7 burned fishermen to be flown from Antarctica

AP News
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 9:22 PM
7 burned fishermen to be flown from Antarctica

Rescue officials say a U.S. Air Force plane will airlift seven crewmen who received burns in a raging fire on their South Korean fishing vessel near Antarctica. Three other crewmen died in the blaze.

They say the plane will leave New Zealand on Thursday and fly to Antarctica to pick up the four Vietnamese and three Indonesian crew.

The fire began in the living quarters of the Jung Woo 2 on Wednesday and quickly spread. Thirty-seven crew members were rescued, including the seven who were injured. Two were severely burned and were initially unconscious.

The injured crewmen are currently aboard an Antarctic-bound U.S. research vessel. The fishing boat, which is still burning, is to be towed away from Antarctica to minimize the impact on the environment.