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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  • thedoc
    thedocMonday, February 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm
    my parents work for norwegian cruise line
    • nancey
      nanceySaturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:47 am
      WOW
      • dddddWednesday, January 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm
        I'm glad everyone was safe.
        • ghostie
          ghostieSunday, January 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm
          I happy everybody was safe. My biggest fear is to be in action of a shipwreck, so far, I have not had to experience it yet. If it had to happen, I would chose it happen near civilization so I can see my family again and live to tell the story.
          • blonsky21Monday, December 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm
            looks dangerous!
            • eliMonday, November 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm
              sad :( also happy because nobody died :)
              • Allison Friday, November 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm
                That is good no body died.
                • Allison Friday, November 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm
                  Bunch of people died on titanic, like 60%.
                  • KittyFriday, November 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm
                    Titanic hit an iceberg to!
                    • AllisonFriday, November 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm
                      Not really.

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