What are facts about the sunken Brazilian yacht in Antarctica?
A sunken 76-foot powerboat in Antarctica, now trapped under ice, is the subject of an eerie photo making the rounds on the Internet.
The photograph was taken this week by Ruslan Elisleev, a mechanic and navigator for the Russian Antarctic Expedition in Maxwell Bay.
Four Brazilian men who were touring the remote area in a trawler were rescued from the sinking vessel in April. Ice compression and 60-knot winds are suspected as the cause of the sinking.
The boat is owned by the Brazilian journalist and entrepreneur João Lara Mesquita, who was making a documentary in the region. In his blog, Mesquita wrote about the accident on April 5, saying, "Our evacuation was epic. Waves of more than [5 feet] and winds over 40 knots made the boat jump from one side to another, like a bucking bronco."
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32. THE ONE • L: 233'0"; Y: 1973 Since launch this yacht has been known as Carinthia VI, owned by Heidi Horton. But we learned in mid-July that she sold the yacht to an as-yet-unidentified person. Interesting choice for a yacht name; we hope the positive vibe of the name also means that the yacht will be seen cruising more, as Horton hardly took the yacht out. The yacht is own by Francesco Cartagirone