A wrecked Brazilian ship is trapped in ice and spilling fuel in Antarctica, with no hopes of containing the damage until the long South Pole winter eases next October.
The Endless Sea capsized and sank in 12 metres of water last month near where Chile and Brazil have navy bases.
The crew was rescued without injury, but poor weather kept them from diving below to check the damage until yesterday.
The ship carried about 7900 litres of oil but Veronica Vallejos of the Chilean Antarctic Institute said the extent of the spill is unknown.
The worst Antarctic spill to date was in 2007, when a tourist ship went down with nearly 215,000 litres of fuel.