An oil spill cleanup crew and a plane- load of equipment arrived Thursday at the tip of South America to begin the voyage to Antarctica where tons of fuel from a sunken ship threatened baby penquins and other marine life.

Experts from various U.S. government agencies and crews from private companies were heading to Antarctica to clean up the leaking fuel from the Argentine ship Bahia Paraiso, which struck a rock Saturday with 350 people aboard. The passengers were evacuated to Buenas Aires, Argentina, and no injuries were reported."It's impossible to know the seriousness of this," said scientist Anton Inderbitzen, head of the Antarctic staff for the National Science Foundation, who was in Santiago, Chile. "We anticipate the immediate hazard is to the baby penguins because most of the penquins are just about to the age where they're entering the water for the first time."