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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  • Not so niceMonday, February 16, 2015 at 11:29 am
    Awesome
    • 090509
      090509Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 9:48 am
      i want to go on a cruzie in the winter but i am scared that, that would happen to my boat so i would rather go in the summer
      • bob the bird Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 5:05 am
        cool
        • bigmelo
          bigmeloMonday, February 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm
          I've always been interested about the Titanic situation, & this brings me a clear visualization of what may have really happened. A sad thing, by the way. :(
          • jjjjjjjjjjTuesday, January 20, 2015 at 6:25 pm
            Cool
            • jkgirl8989Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8:09 pm
              wow i would have freaked out!!!!!
              • rockstar2
                rockstar2Friday, January 16, 2015 at 9:56 am
                Oh my Gosh, that is so scary and creepy
                • hemmguin
                  hemmguinTuesday, January 13, 2015 at 3:54 pm
                  Oh my... that really is scary
                  • 10039744
                    10039744Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 5:21 am
                    interesting
                    • chillypeppers
                      chillypeppersMonday, December 15, 2014 at 7:04 am
                      Woah

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