Germans lost off Argentine coast rescued

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Four Germans whose boat lost power while they sailed from Argentina to South Africa were rescued by a passing merchant ship, naval officials here said.

"The four member crew of the German boat "Frigga," who began experiencing problems Sunday and found themselves in an emergency situation, were rescued by the merchant ship 'Bow Engineer' with help from the Argentine Marine," according to a statement issued by the navy.

The four Germans had set sail from Mar del Plata before experiencing power trouble and taking on water, a navy official said, adding that the men were in good health.

The Germans' rescue had been delayed by rough weather, and the men had some help from a Panamanian vessel while awaiting assistance some 580 miles (1,100 km) off the Argentine coast.

© 2011 AFP

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