|South Sandwich Islands News|
Some Chilean Sea Bass Is Labeled Sustainable
Marine Stewardship Council, independent international environmental agency based in London, certifies as sustainable a small Chilean sea bass fishery in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands in South Atlantic near Antarctica; Whole Foods says Chilean sea bass it has resumed selling comes only from that fishery; photo (M)
Lesley Friedsam and Peter Damisch
Lesley Friedsam and Peter Damisch wed on sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia; photos (Vows Column) (M)
Retracing an Ill-Fated Shackleton Expedition
PBS/Nova Online (www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/shackelton) will follow three modern mountaineers as they retrace Sir Ernest Shackleton's journey across glacier peaks of South Georgia Island in successful quest to rescue crew of his ship, which was caught and crushed in ice during 1914 Antarctic expedition; photo (S)
Antarctica's Summer Resort
Robert O Paxton article on viewing penguins, seals and other wildlife on South Georgia Island, remote sliver of British territory 1,200 miles east of Cape Horn in far southern Atlantic Ocean; photos; map; journey is made aboard Akademik Ioffe, chartered Russian polar research vessel (M)
BRITAIN RETAKES ANOTHER ATLANTIC ISLAND FROM ARGENTINA
Britain said today that it had reclaimed the last of its South Atlantic possessions from Argentina without a fight. It said troops based on the Falkland Islands swooped onto Thule, the southernmost of the remote South Sandwich Islands, and captured a team of Argentine scientists. Britain said the scientists were there illegally, but Buenos Aires, which confirmed the takeover, said an agreement had been reached years ago authorizing their presence.
BRITISH REPORTEDLY LAND ON SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
Argentina said tonight that British forces attacked and surrounded an Argentine scientific survey station in the South Sandwich Islands. The islands are a British dependancy of the Falkland Islands. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that British helicopters today fired on the station, situated on the tiny island of Thule, one of the southernmost islands in the group, which lies more than 1,000 miles southeast of the Argentine coast in the South Atlantic. The attack would be the first hostile action in the area since Argentina seized the Falkland Islands 11 weeks ago. Britain completed the recapture of the Falklands on Monday when Argentine troops there surrendered.
2 British Helicopters Crashed In Retaking of South Georgia
Two British helicopters crashed on South Georgia Island while the navy prepared for the assault that recaptured the island from Argentina last month, the Defense Ministry said tonight.
British Free Captives From South Georgia
About 150 Argentine soldiers and 30 civilians captured when British forces retook the island of South Georgia, southeast of the Falklands, are on their way home, Defense Ministry officials said today. They said the prisoners left South Georgia by ship Tuesday, but they would not give the destination. Ministry sources said they thought the ships were headed for Uruguay.
TEXTS OF ARGENTINE AND BRITISH STATEMENTS
Following is the text of an Argentine Government statement yesterday in Buenos Aires on the military action in South Georgia, as translated by The Associated Press, and the text of a British Government statement read later in London by Defense Secretary James Nott: Argentine Statement The military junta advises the people of Argentina that military action initiated this morning with the attack on the Argentine garrison in the South Georgias and on the submarine anchored in the zone to resupply the island is continuing. The Argentine forces are resisting intense shelling from British naval units and machine-gun fire from the air, observing the highest morale and fighting capacity, which is making the operation initiated by the attacking forces very difficult. The British aggression, already judged internationally as a flagrant violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 502, will not break the high combat morale of the defenders of the islands, which were reconquered with difficulty by our forces. The people can be sure that the situation continues to be favorable for our country in the military field as well as the diplomatic field.
Britain's recapture of the port of Grytviken on the Falkland Islands dependency of South Georgia combined the element of surprise with thorough reconnaissance, according to NATO analysts here. The analysts, reviewing the information provided by the Ministry of Defense and other sources, noted that the operation had followed the pattern worked out in NATO exercises off Norway by British and United States Marine units. The landing was prepared by 12 men of the elite Special Boat Squadron who landed somewhere along the island's north coast shortly before dawn on Thursday. The squadron is the Navy's counterpart of the Army's Special Air Service. These are highly trained, professional units. The identities of officers and men are usually kept secret.