Updated: Wednesday, 12 February 2014 18:59 | By Agence France-Presse

Chinese sailors throw bottles into Antarctic Ocean: report

Lovesick crew members on the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long marked Valentine's Day by throwing bottled notes into the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Ocean, state media reported Wednesday.


Chinese sailors throw bottles into Antarctic Ocean: report

Nicole De Losa waves to a helicopter sent from Chinese icebreaker Xue Long on December 29, 2013 to assess ice conditions around the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which was stuck in the ice off East Antarctica - by Andrew Peacock

The vessel, also known as Snow Dragon, is on a scientific mission to Antarctica and last month took part in the rescue of personnel from a stranded Russian ship.

The 10 men, in white full dress uniform, tossed the bulb-shaped glass bottles into the icy waters on Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency said.

A picture showed one of the bottles, labelled with a couple's names and "eternal love", containing a roll of paper.

According to the report in another note, Chen Xiaodong, who left behind his wife and then nine-month-old son when he boarded last year, wrote: "A burning-hot heart is thinking of you in the blizzards in the Antarctica. I love you, my wife."

The Xue Long left Shanghai in November, with its mission's tasks including building China's fourth Antarctic research station, and is due to return home in April.

China is increasing its footprint in Antarctica, and says it is interested in the peaceful use of the frozen continent's resources.

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