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Andhøy Antarctic attempt slammed. Surviving ‘Berserk’ family members are condemning Norwegian Jarle Andhøy’s new Antarctic expedition for its foolhardiness. South African Charlene Banks, twin sister to 32-year-old Leonard, who is believed to have perished on last year’s tragic expedition, calls Andhøy’s new attempt on the ‘Nilaya’ yacht “absolutely diabolical”. “He’s going back there again in what were the same conditions as last time. I think he’s on a suicide mission, to be honest,” she tells Radio New Zealand, “he says that it is to pay respect to the people that lost their life on his last one, but I think it’s more for publicity-mongering for his own show and his own reputation.”

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Andhøy Antarctic attempt slammed

Published on Thursday, 26th January, 2012 at 09:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th January 2012 at 14:40.

Surviving ‘Berserk’ family members are condemning Norwegian Jarle Andhøy’s new Antarctic expedition for its foolhardiness.

The 'Steve Irwin', Ross Sea
'Steve Irwin' was sent to help find the missing 'Berserk' crewmembers but without successThe 'Steve Irwin', Ross Sea
Photo: Barbara Veiga - Sea Shepherd


“Madness”

South African Charlene Banks, twin sister to 32-year-old Leonard, who is believed to have perished on last year’s tragic expedition, calls Andhøy’s new attempt on the ‘Nilaya’ yacht “absolutely diabolical”.

“He’s going back there again in what were the same conditions as last time. I think he’s on a suicide mission, to be honest,” she tells Radio New Zealand, “he says that it is to pay respect to the people that lost their life on his last one, but I think it’s more for publicity-mongering for his own show and his own reputation.”

According to her Andhøy only sent his first email to her at least one month after ‘Berserk’ and made no attempt to contact the family at the very beginning. The family is devastated.

TVNorge recently screened an episode from a documentary featuring Andhøy regarding last year’s disaster. Attempts by three family members to the deceased crew to stop transmission failed. 

36-year-old Tom Gisle Bellika also disappeared with ‘Beserk’ in the Ross Sea. His father, Signhild Elvedal Nerhus, says to NRK,”I was shocked when I heard about this [Andhøy’s new attempt]. I think it’s terrible he’s going down there taking other people and putting them in this situation.”

“It’s actually less than a year since my son was on the same trip that ended tragically. It opens old wounds having to experience he [Andhøy] is there again. I hope somebody stops him, this is madness.”

"He disregarded most of my advice”

Sailing experts are also heavily criticise Andhøy’s latest voyage. Experienced yachtsman Don Mc Intyre sails the Antarctic each year.

In his article on Sail-World.com about ‘Beserk’, he writes, “The Captain, Jarle Andhoey, has simply been reckless from the moment he set out on this expedition. He has an adventurous spirit, which I admire. I have laughed at a few of his exploits in the past. He has the right to do his own thing, as we all do, but only if it does not impact on anyone else, or break any laws which may be in place for the sake of the environment or humanity.”

“As a self-proclaimed 'Viking', he does not really care. He shuns officialdom and his track record shows he may not listen to the law. He apparently spoke to quite a few experienced Antarctic adventures (myself included) before he began, for advice and opinions, but for his own reasons then disregarded most of it.”

Mr McIntyre, who is currently in Antarctic waters on the way to the Ross Sea, tells Norwegian broadcaster NRK his opinion of Andhøy. Andhøy, who has not received clearance from Norwegian authorities for the journey, is believed to be travelling with ‘Berserk’ expedition survivor 18-year-old Samuel Massie and a photographer.

“Everybody has the right to die, as much as they have the right to live, but it’s very tricky when you start to risk other people’s lives if you get into trouble.”

Stranded

Andhøy has to prepare his yacht properly for the hazardous journey to the Ross Sea. McIntyre hopes the Norwegian’s “cat and mouse” game with New Zealand authorities has not disturbed this.

Conditions onwards from the edge of the Arctic Treaty zone are difficult. The Sea is blocked by pack ice and penetrating it in a yacht will be a struggle. It is now approaching the end of summer there.

“For this part of the world, it’s some of the worst pack ice that people have seen in 40 years. It’s a very bad season this year. Everyone coming to Antarctica is having serious challenges,” says McIntyre.

Once through the ice belt, Andhøy could also risk being stranded in the area as it refreezes. He would either have to stay there until it thaws sufficiently, or get help to get out. 

Moreover, autumn storms towards the South Pole can also be severe, which caused ‘Berserk’ to disappear last time.

“Winds could bring cold polar air with them and cause problems with cold and icing, with wind-speeds it is very difficult to protect yourself against,” Norwegian Polar explorer Lars Ebbesen warns.

A resolute Mr Andhøy tells Aftenposten, “I owe the [‘Berserk’] guys to find out what happened. People know the story through the media, but the essential fact that has not emerged is that ‘Berserk’ was in contact with official actors in the three days prior to the accident, including the ‘Wellington’ naval ship. I would like to know what was said to ‘Berserk’.”




Published on Thursday, 26th January, 2012 at 09:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th January 2012 at 14:40.

This post has the following tags: jarleandhoey, berserktragedy, nilayayacht.





  
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