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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  • 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
              • 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

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