(1:19 p.m. EST) -- The crew of Quark Expeditions' Ocean Nova -- which got lodged in some rocks in Marguerite Bay, Antarctica, on Tuesday -- was not successful at freeing the ship at high tide last night, according to a company statement. If the next attempt at noon local time also fails, all passengers will be transferred to Quark's Clipper Adventurer, which will return them to Ushuaia, Argentina.
All passengers onboard remain safe, and passengers were able to contact family members last night. A Spanish naval vessel, Hesperides, is on hand to assist, and if Ocean Nova is successfully freed, divers from Hesperides will inspect the hull.
Quark Expeditions "does not anticipate any environmental impact" from this incident. No oil leaks have been detected.
We'll keep you posted.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor
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