Authorities search for Norwegian explorer

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New Zealand is searching for a Norwegian explorer believed to be planning a second unauthorized trip to Antarctica, less than a year after his first resulted in three deaths.

The foreign ministry said it was searching for Jarle Andhoy's yacht Nilaya after the Norwegian government raised concerns that the adventurer planned to travel back to Antarctica without permission.

The Norwegian led a five-man expedition to Antarctica last February, in which he and another member attempted to reach the South Pole on quadbikes as the remaining three waited for them aboard their sailboat Beserk.

But the vessel sank when a fierce storm packing winds of 180 kilometers per hour (110 miles per hour) battered the Ross Sea and the three on board were never found despite an extensive search coordinated from New Zealand, which was reported in the May 2011 issue of Soundings.

Click here for the full report by the Herald Sun newspaper and click here for a report in which Andhoy is criticized by the sister of one of the victims by the New Zealand Herald.