The New Zealand Navy vessel Wellington is also searching for survivors. The Wellington and the Steve Irwin are the only ships available to participate in the search.

Nothing has been heard from the Berserk since they issued a distress signal late last night that was received by RCCNZ.

“We are hopeful that they will be found,” said Sea Shepherd helicopter pilot Chris Aultman. “This is a terribly awful place to be in distress. A combination of ice, extreme cold, remoteness, and high winds make for an unforgiving environment. But we will do the best we can to help find them and we hope the Wellington is successful in their efforts.”

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