Friday, December 30, 2011

Malvinas (Falklands for UK people) war veteran died in kayak trip to the islands

A veteran of the Malvinas War, which Argentina played with the United Kingdom in 1982, died in the midst of a journey with trying to cross the Patagonian kayak from Ushuaia to the islands, local media reported today.

Alejandro Carranza, 49, died drowned when he made the challenge along with Juan Pablo Dacyszyn, who managed to paddle to the Staten Island, where the so-called "Lighthouse at the End of the World", where he was rescued on Thursday.

Both had departed days ago from the city of Ushuaia, Argentina, located about 800 km from the Malvinas Islands under British rule and whose sovereignty is claimed by the South American country.

Carranza and Dacyszyn planned for some time that the trip had been called "The Malvinas end of the world" and for seeking to survive the fishing rods and canned food.

He could not survive. But Carranza fell into the sea in the midst of adverse conditions in the vicinity of Franklin Bay and did not survive, said Operations Command Southern Naval Area.

The adventurers had established expertise in these types of challenges and had superior equipment that required safety and communications, said the head of the Coast Guard in Ushuaia, Hector Vera, on the radio.

During the war they faced Argentina and the United Kingdom, occupying the Malvinas in 1833, 255 British soldiers were killed and more than 650 Argentines.

In line with the claim of sovereignty that the South American country has led several international fora, the countries of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay) resolved at a summit held last December 20 to block access to its ports of vessels Flag of the Falkland Islands.

In response, British Prime Minister David Cameron, said last Friday that the United Kingdom Argentina will not surrender the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands and criticized the decision of Mercosur.

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