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Attempt to emulate Kon-Tiki voyage ends with distress call

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Kon-Tiki2

Chilean navy has announced it rescued 14 people in the Pacific Ocean, who attempted to repeat the historic sea voyage Kon-Tiki of 1947.

BBC reports that the Kon-Tiki2 expedition began in Peru in November 2015 and the wood-log rafts successfully reached Easter Island in 43 days. The crew had left for Chile on the return voyage in January this year, but strong unexpected currents pulled them off course.

«We realize that reaching South America will take too long and we prefer to evacuate to ensure safety for all. (..) In a normal year, we would have reached South America by now. Instead, we are still 900 nautical miles from land and the weather forecasts are not promising,» expedition leader Torgeir Higraff explained in a statement.

The Chilean Navy sated that the rafts had been about 1,600km west of the city of Puerto Montt and the expedition had sent a distress signal on March 16, asking for help.

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