posted on Dec, 25 2013 @ 05:30 PM
Cruise Ship Spends
Christmas Stuck in Ice Off Antarctica
Fifty-seven people spent Christmas aboard a cruise ship that has become stuck in the ice in a remote region off the coast of Antarctica and rescue
vessels are at least two days away, Australian maritime officials told ABC News.
The Russian-operated Akademik Shokalskiy, an ice-strengthened vessel built in 1984 for oceanographic research, became stuck in the ice about 1,500
nautical miles from Hobart, Tasmania, and issued a satellite distress call early this morning, Andrea Hayward-Maher of the Australian Maritime Safety
"We've been in touch with the master of the vessel, who says they are beset by ice," spokeswoman Hayward-Maher said. "They are basically trapped
or stuck in the ice and can't move."
The people aboard think they have enough provisions to wait out their rescue, and are reported to be in high spirits.
I hope it remains that way. The ship is too far from land to send aircraft or normal rescue vessels. Let's hope this doesn't turn into another
This is one of my greatest fears about taking a cruise... something disastrous happening.
I'd love to go on one, but with more and more stories like this one coming in, it makes me weary. Even the fact that people can get away with things
out at sea that they couldn't country-side scares me, because of certain laws not applying.
I wish all of them a safe return soon.