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Second air drop for stricken Russian fishing ship

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand air force cargo plane carrying sea pumps and hull patches is flying to Antarctica to air drop the supplies to a leaking Russian fishing vessel.

The vessel Sparta hit underwater ice Friday which tore a 1-foot (30-centimeter) hole in the hull and caused it to list at 13 degrees. Rescue ships have been hampered by heavy sea ice and are still several days away from the Ross Sea shelf area of northern Antarctica where the stricken ship sits immobilized.

Maritime New Zealand is coordinating rescue attempts. The agency said Wednesday this second air drop of vital pumps and patches will help the crew in their fight to keep the ship afloat.

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