13 January, 2002
THE BRITISH ARMY ARRIVES!
Today we had an unscheduled visit from the British Army Antarctic Expedition (BAAE)! These army men and women are sailing theAntarctic waters on the John Laing, a sailing yacht. One of their party had a medical emergency, so they called at Palmer Station to use the x-ray machine. The injury, a result of a climbing accident, was a broken thumb for Second Lieutenant Sarah Piesse, Royal Engineers. The Palmer doctor and the BAAE doctor were able to set her thumb, and the British Army left after midnight.
The aim of the BAAE is to "explore the Danco Coast of the Antarctic Peninsula by ski and sail in order to record historical, wildlife, and geographical information." They are doing ocean and wilderness sailing, mountaineering, and field studies. You can find out more about this interesting expedition by visiting their website at http://www.baae.org.uk
Here's the math question: there were openings for 8 people on this expedition (aside from the leaders, the doctor, and the photographer). There were 73 applicants for this chance to go. Approximately what percentage of applicants were selected for the voyage?
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