The participants of the international expedition in the footsteps of Thor Heyerdahl “the Kon-Tiki-2″, filed on the eve of Mayday, successfully evacuated to a Chilean merchant ship Hokuetsu Ushaka. This was reported by the scientists themselves on the page in Facebook.
After the evacuation of the rescued was examined by the doctor. He stated that all members of the expedition, composed of two raft -“Rahiti Tanya” and “Tupac Yupanqui”, is completely healthy, no injuries. Aboard the Hokuetsu Ushaka, scientists have been able to take a shower and dinner. “The crew “Tupac” will sleep in the gym”, – said the leader of the expedition, Torgeir Higraph.
On the eve of the crew of “Tupac Yupanqui” was issued a distress signal, which adopted the Chilean military. They found the location of the raft – the Urine area of the island just off the coast of Chile in the Pacific ocean – and sent to his aid the nearest ship Hokuetsu Ushaka.
Was first evacuated the crew of “Rahiti Tanya”, then “Tupac Yupanqui”. All have been rescued 14 people, reported the Chilean Navy. Among the saved, the citizens of Norway, New Zealand, Russia, Peru, Sweden and Mexico. In the expedition there were 11 men and three women, said the Chilean edition of Publimetro.
Éxito total salvamento 14 Tripulantes Expedición #Kontiki2 Mercante en “Hokuetsu Ushaka” rumbo a Calbuco @kontiki2 pic.twitter.com/nUP7aZU5Bz
— MRCC Chile (@MRCCChile) March 17, 2016
All members of the expedition are in good health, albeit tired, inform scientists on Facebook. “This is one of the saddest days in my career, but I am glad that nobody suffered”, – said the leader of the expedition, Torgeir Higraph.
“Kon-Tiki-2″ – an international expedition on two rafts “Rahiti Tanya” and “Tupac Yupanqui”, built from balsa logs by the Indians. In the composition of the crews of two rafts – 14 people, including three Russians. Their goal was to prove the possibility of passage on balsa rafts from South America to Easter island and back by way of the famous Norwegian scientist Thor Heyerdahl.
The expedition left from Lima (Peru) on 7 November 2015 and arrived at Easter island in 43 days – on Christmas eve. January 6, 2016, the rafts set off on the return journey. However, it was much more difficult due to atypical winds, reported on the websiteof the expedition.
By 16 March the expedition reached 40 degrees South latitude and 95 degrees West longitude and was approximately 2,300 km off the West coast of Chile. However, by that time came to an end the supply of food, fresh water and gas.
Advance to the East was very slow. A few days ago, the members of the expedition stated that “after 120 days in sea water started breaking down top ropes, fastening the main beams with each other”.
With great regret it was recognized that to continue swimming impossible and “further progress in the roaring forties latitudes becomes unsafe.”
“We realized that the path to South America will be too long, and decided to evacuate the participants for security reasons”, – said the leader of the expedition, Torgeir Higraph. The expedition members spent 114 days in the South-Eastern Pacific ocean and passed 4500 nautical miles.