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U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board teams have been sent to Argentina to help investigate a string of incidents involving the death and injury of U.S. citizens on foreign-flagged passenger vessels in Antarctic waters.
The incidents took place between November 15 and December 1 of last year.
The Coast Guard and NTSB have sent teams to Ushuaia, Argentina, which serves as homeport for Antarctic expedition cruises, to work alongside international flag administrations and partners in investigating the accidents.
The investigations include:
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those impacted by these tragedies,” said Capt. Gretchen Bailey, Coast Guard Activities Europe commanding officer. “The safety of U.S. passengers aboard ships throughout the globe is a priority for the U.S. Coast Guard. We are proud to work alongside the NTSB and our international partners to investigate these incidents and make meaningful safety improvements for worldwide passenger vessel operations, especially in unique high-risk environments like the Antarctic.”
The public is being asked to send any information about the incidents to the email [email protected].
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