Sunday, December 27, 2009
The ship transporting part of Bulgaria’s Antarctic Expedition had a breakdown. The head of the 18th Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition, Professor Hristo Pimpirev, announced that a serious failure put the engine of the Spanish Las Palmas Ship out of service. There are two Bulgarians on board who return from our base of St. Kliment Ohridski base at Livingston Island. he main danger for the Bulgarian Antarctic expedition in the Drake Strait has gone, head of the Bulgarian Antarctic expedition Prof. Hristo Pimpirev told reporters.In his words the ship was in good condition when it set out, and about five days ago it transported five people of the Bulgarian expedition to the base. According to Pimpiriev Las Palmas ship is an old ship. During today’s trip the main engine of the vessel went out of service in the Drake Strait, where there was a strong storm. The sailing has continued with an auxiliary engine, which however, was unable to direct the vessel against the waves - and this was the main problem which exposed the crew to a serious danger. According to the Head of the Bulgarian expedition, however, the captain of the ship is experienced and has managed to bring it up to the Beagle Strait, where is quiet.