154 evacuated safely from cruise ship after it strikes ice

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.