The Modern Day Titanic

By Meera Dolasia on November 26, 2007

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Just like the Titanic, a Canadian cruise ship hit submerged (hidden) ice in the frozen waters near Antarctica and started to sink on Friday November 23rd. However, this story has a much happier ending.

The Explorer, which was in the middle of an ecological tour (allows passengers to look and learn about local wildlife), off King George Island, between the Antarctica and the Southern tip of South America, had 154 passengers on board.

The captain sent out a distress call at about 1.45 am, asking any ships nearby for help, as they seemed to have struck something and the ship was being flooded with water. By 3am all the ship's passengers and most of the crew, were in lifeboats and zodiacs.

The passengers had to endure near-freezing temperatures in the lifeboats for about four hours, before being rescued by a Norwegian Cruise ship, which was in the area and heard the distress call. While the passengers were wet and cold, none of them suffered from hypothermiaand they were all glad to be rescued.

Once on board, they were taken to King George Island, from where they will be flown to South America aboard a chartered plane. The cruise ship was carrying 91 passengers, 9 expedition staff members and a crew of 54.

While the passengers and crew escaped unhurt, the ships own fate was doomed as it slowly sank and disappeared into the frozen waters near the Antarctica.

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  • chillypeppers
    chillypeppersMonday, December 15, 2014 at 7:04 am
    Woah
    • alyon2
      alyon2Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:18 pm
      how did it sink!?
      • purplecraycray
        purplecraycrayWednesday, December 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm
        That's scary. Like, really scary.
        • missdragonora
          missdragonoraFriday, November 21, 2014 at 8:38 am
          So many sad stories about titanics, Cruises, And search ships ;(
          • foxy71
            foxy71Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 9:01 am
            thats sad
            • wwarfield
              wwarfieldWednesday, November 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm
              1st i learned the ship hit an ice-burg.2nd is the ship sank in the antarctica.3rd is the survivors were rescued by a ship.4th the crew try-ed to pup the water out but the water keep-ed rushing n.5th the ship that saved the survivors was called the nordnorge.6th is the ships crew ordered ABANDON SHIP!!!!
              • wwarfield
                wwarfieldWednesday, November 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm
                1st i learned it sank from a ice-burg.2nd it sank in antarctica.3rd i learned than the ships survivors were rescued by another ship.4th the crew try-ed to pup out the water but it keep rushing n.5th the ships crew ordered abandon ship.6th is the ship that saved the survivors was called the nordnorge.
                • AngelTuesday, October 28, 2014 at 10:31 am
                  WOW!!!!! That's is soooo scary
                  • mmundt
                    mmundtSunday, October 26, 2014 at 5:03 pm
                    WOW! That is scary.
                    • awesome79086
                      awesome79086Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm
                      OMG if i get on a boat without knowing I was the one who planned it i am going to SCREAM KICK AND SHOUT THEN PUNCH SOMETHING THEN SCREAM AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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