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More than 150 people have been evacuated from a ship that struck an object in Antarctic waters, Britain's Coast Guard said Friday.
All 100 passengers and 54 crew on the ship have been transferred to life boats.
The emergency operation which is happening near the South Shetland Islands more than 2,000 miles south of the Falkland Islands, is being monitored by coastguards based in Falmouth.
Noble Caledonia does NOT operate the Explorer and currently does not have any passengers on board. Explorer II is unaffected and operating as normal.
One of the best known expedition ships in the world, the MV Explorer was the first cruise vessel to travel through the infamous North West Passage. A specialist ship which entered service in the 1970s, it has a reinforced hull to enable it to cope with icy conditions.
Affectionately called “the Little Red Ship” by its many dedicated followers, it itself is no stranger to Antarctic rescue efforts. In 1989, it helped rescue people from a sinking Argentinean supply vessel that had hit a rock ledge off Anvers Island, Antartica.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
I don't think the passengers and crew are safe yet. This is an ongoing rescue operation. They are in life boats in freezing cold waters. I wonder if they hit an iceberg or a submarine...
The M/S Explorer hit a lump of ice off King George Island this morning and the impact left the vessel with a crack in the hull the size of a fist.