Frenchman dies after fall from Antarctic research ship

27th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

HOBART, Australia, Jan 27 (AFP) - The body of a Frenchman who fell into the sea from an Antarctic research vessel in the Southern Ocean has been found by his crewmates, Australian officials said Thursday.

HOBART, Australia, Jan 27 (AFP) - The body of a Frenchman who fell into the sea from an Antarctic research vessel in the Southern Ocean has been found by his crewmates, Australian officials said Thursday.

The 40-year-old failed to report for a 4:00 am (1800 GMT Wednesday) watch on the French ship L'Astrolabe, an Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesman said in Hobart, capital of Australia's island state of Tasmania.

Two aircraft were sent to search the area, around 450 kilometres (280 miles) to the south of Hobart, but the ship's crew found the body around 9:30 am.

Australian maritime officials said the longest the man could have survived in the cold water was six hours. He was not identified.

Hobart-based L'Astrolabe is the main French resupply vessel for its base at Dumont D'Urville in Antarctica's Adelie Land and also serves the joint French-Italian station Concordia.

© AFP

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