Vannessa signs option agreement with Radius Gold


    CALGARY, March 19 /CNW/ - Vannessa Ventures Ltd. (the "Company") is
pleased to announce that an option agreement has been signed with Radius Gold
Inc. (RDU: TSX.V) of Vancouver for further exploration of the Carol
concession, situated near the town of San Pedro del Norte, Nicaragua.
    Vannessa has agreed to make expenditures of $3,000,000 over a period of
up to 4 years in order to earn a 50% interest in the property. Vannessa has
the option of earning a further 20% by funding a bankable feasibility study or
may opt for a 50:50 arrangement with Radius to develop the property further.
In the event that either party elects not to contribute, then standard
dilution clauses will apply and if either party's interest drops below 10%,
this will be converted into a 1% royalty.
    The concession occupies an area of 5,356 hectares and is 100% owned by
Minesa S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Radius Gold Inc. Gold mineralization
at San Pedro occurs as low-sulfidation epithermal quartz veins, breccias, and
associated stockworks that have been identified over a 12 km by 4 km area.
Mineralization appears to be associated with rhyolite domes associated with an
eroded caldera that is cut by regional extensional structures. The project was
discovered by Radius' field teams investigating reports of old workings in the
area. Gold anomalies have been defined by soil geochemistry and trenching over
a 12 km extent (see Radius news release dated April 19, 2005).
    Limited drilling has been carried out at one site in the north. High gold
values have been found by trenching in the southern part of the concession and
these have yet to be drilled. The initial program to be carried out by
Vannessa will be to extend the surface trenching work to better define the
surface expression of the mineralization and this will be followed by
drilling. This initial work will be largely supported by infrastructure and
staff that Radius Gold already has in Nicaragua.
    Vannessa considers this to be a natural extension of its projects in
neighboring Costa Rica with many synergies existing between the Costa Rican
and Nicaraguan projects.


    John Morgan, President

    "The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this release."

For further information:

For further information: Vannessa Ventures Ltd., Suite 220, 1010 - 1st
Street S.W., Calgary, AB, T2R 1K4, Telephone: (403) 444-5191, Fax: (403)

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