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Brazil stops searching soldier missing in Antarctica
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11:15, March 24, 2008

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The Brazilian Marine said Sundayt hat it has given up efforts to search for a soldier that went missing during a mission in Antarctica a week ago.

Melo Olegario, a 42-year-old serviceman, has been missing since March 15 when he was on the ocean graphic vessel Ary Rongel to the island Rey Jorge, which hosts the Brazilian antarctic station Comandante Ferraz.

"All available means have been used in the region" such as rescue boats, one helicopter of the Brazilian Army and eight others of the Chilean Army, the Brazilian Marine said in a statement.

But all efforts were in vain and Olegario's body could not be located till now, the statement said.

According to official sources, Olegario was a member of the security squad of the Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, when the president visited the Brazilian base in Antarctica recently.


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