All the passengers and crew of a cruise liner have been saved after the ship hit an iceberg in the Antarctic Ocean. The MS Explorer was carrying 154 passengers and crew, mainly from Britain, America and Canada, when she was holed off the South Shetland Islands. She suffered a similar problem in 1972, when also cruising in the Antarctic. She ran aground in that incident.
This time, all passengers and crew were picked up safely and transferred to other vessels which had answered the Explorer’s distress calls. No-one was reported injured in today’s drama. The ship’s owners said pumps were being used to stop her sinking.