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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  • angielea
    angielea6/6/2014
    Wow that is crazy! I am so happy that people are safe!
    • catsrule
      catsrule6/6/2014
      Atleast the people are safe
    • wildchild999
      wildchild9996/6/2014
      sad
      • abigaild707
        abigaild7076/6/2014
        so sad
        • t8fk7cd67cdxse56/5/2014
          that is sad
          • Raymundo4/2/2014
            awesome(nice)
            • Raymundo3/28/2014
              awesome (nice)
              • aeasley
                aeasley2/18/2014
                that wold be no fun to be on there
                • bcross2
                  bcross22/18/2014
                  wow that is sad that the boat finally sank after 40 years of sailing
                  • mindy910
                    mindy9102/2/2014
                    i am so happy everyone survived, and no one got hypothermia
                    • wildchild999
                      wildchild9996/6/2014
                      not everyone survived!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! grrrrr
                      • wildchild999
                        wildchild9996/6/2014
                        oops sorry i thought this was about the titanic

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