The Norwegian Polar Institute has reported Jarle Andhøy, captain of the ill-fated Berserk expedition, to Troms and Finnmark’s Chief Public Prosecutor for violations of Arctic regulations.
In a press release, the institute states whilst this in no way relates to the events and outcome of the tragic voyage that claimed three lives, Mr Andhøy did not report, or receive permission, to sail further southwards than 60 degrees south.
It claims several attempts were made to contact him before his departure, but without success.
Mr Andhøy is also accused of not possessing proper insurance to cover search and rescue operation fees, as well as contravening governmental regulations regarding protection of the environment in Antarctica.
“Authorities on New Zealand have told their Norwegian colleagues there have been legal breaches regarding pollution and activity in preserved areas, which has been pointed out in the formal complaint,” according to the institute.
It is now up to Norway’s General Public Prosecutor to decide what will happen next in the matter.
The Berserk and its three remaining crew disappeared last Tuesday in the Southern Ocean approximately 18 nautical miles (33km) north of Scott Base in the Ross Sea in the worst blizzard of the Southern summer to date.
Rescue authorities called off their search two days ago, deciding there was little hope of finding any survivors.
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