February 18, 2009

Tourists stuck in Antarctica

Per CNN, 65 passenger and 41 crew members on board the cruise ship M/V Ocean Nova, became stranded in Marguerite Bay, Antarctica after the ship ran aground, officials announced Wednesday.
The captain and his staff are hoping high tide will dislodge the ship, according to the article.

One twitterer linked to a Reuters story that said this incident was the second of its kind in two months in Antarctica.

@guidedworld: Cruise passengers stranded on ship in Antarctica evacuated after it runs aground. This is becoming alarmingly common - http://is.gd/k28t

An American tweeted that the event brought back memories.

@sevnthsin (Minneapolis, Minn.): I was on this ship one year ago! Holy crap! http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/02/18/antarctica.cruise.ship/index.html

Other twitterers posted photos and updates.

@greg787: RT @cruiseind RT @CruiseLog Dramatic new photos from Antarctica show grounded expedition ship listing to [starboard] http://bit.ly/5DJKE

@garreton (Santiago, Chile): Chile Argentina Navies work to rescue Ocean Nova cruise liner that is aground in Antarctica. Today 2nd ship will rescue all 74 passengers

As of 8:12 p.m. CST, the Associated Press has reported that the passengers and crew have been successfully transferred to another ship.

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