Multi-millionaire Gareth Morgan has caused outrage in Norway by saying he hopes a self-proclaimed Viking explorer sinks in Antarctica and that he will not go to help him if he does.
Morgan has chartered a former Russian ice breaker, Spirit of Enderby, to explore the Ross Sea and is heading to the same area Norwegian Jarle Andhoey, 34, is illegally sailing a 16-metre steel yacht, Nilaya, after he was forced out of Auckland three weeks ago for not having a visa.
Andhoey is trying to reach McMurdo Sound, where last year his yacht Berserk disappeared with the loss of three men. They were lost in a storm while Andhoey and teenager Samuel Massie were on quad bikes trying to drive to the South Pole.
Morgan has told Norwegian media he would not try help Andhoey if he got in trouble.
Asked what response they would have if they saw Nilaya, Morgan replied: “Let it sink. It’s about collective responsibility. This cowboy has opted out.”
He described Andhoey as “a bottom feeder, a taker of the worst kind”.
Let’s be very clear here…letting a boat sink and refusing to go for help in the Southern Ocean means that he is actually wishing they would all die. Because that is the likely consequence of not rescuing people abandoning a sinking ship.
I can understand why Morgan is opposed to people seeking publicity when he’s trying to do the same (it takes the gloss of his latest attempt to ride his bike in some exotic location, or release fattened penguins into orca-lousy waters), but really, wishing that this Nowegian geezer sinks and dies?