154 evacuated safely from cruise ship after it strikes ice

November 24, 2007 02:09


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A Canadian cruise ship struck submerged ice in frigid Antarctic waters Friday, driving all 154 tourists and crew into bobbing lifeboats before they were plucked to safety by a passing ship, authorities said. No injuries were reported, although passengers endured subfreezing temperatures while awaiting rescue by the Norwegian cruise liner that took them to safety at a Chilean military base. The Canadian ship MS Explorer, its hull gashed with a fist-sized hole by the ice, listed so severely that aerial photographs showed it nearly on its side amid ice floes hours after the pre-dawn accident off Antarctica's South Shetland Islands.

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