Friday, November 23, 2007

Stricken Liner Evacuated Off Antarctica

"Thank God we didn't drown. Now we can freeze to death."

A Canadian cruise ship struck submerged ice off Antarctica and began
taking on water, but all 154 passengers and crew, Americans and Britons
among them, took to lifeboats Friday and were plucked to safety by a
passing cruise ship.

Good thing it was a high traffic area. Lots of people cruising through the ice these days huh.

No injuries were reported although passengers reportedly endured
subfreezing temperatures for several hours as they waited in bobbing
lifeboats for a Norwegian liner that took them to a Chilean military
base in the region.

Bet that wasn't on the brochure.

"The ship ran into some ice. It was submerged ice and the result was a hole
about the size of a fist in the side of the hull so it began taking on
water ... but quite slowly," said Susan Hayes of G.A.P. Adventures of
Toronto, which owns the stricken MS Explorer.

The ship didn't run into shit. Someone steered it into some ice.

"The passengers are absolutely fine. They're all accounted for, no injuries whatsoever."

Aside from the severe hypothermia suffered by all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

gee! didn't this happen once before!
I wonder if there was a Jack onboard
and if they'll make a movie at of this one.

November 27, 2007 7:36 AM  

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