Stranded Antarctica Passengers to Fly Home

December 5, 2008
The 89 passengers rescued from an Argentine cruise ship, stranded in the waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, are being transferred to a Chilean base in Antarctica, from which they can be flown back to South America. The passengers and several crewmembers were rescued by a Chilean navy ship that was the first to arrive on the scene after their cruise ship, Ushuaia, ran aground yesterday and began taking on water and leaking fuel.

The international roster of tourists includes 12 Americans, as well as travelers from Australia, Germany, Argentina, the U.K., China, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, France, Canada, Ireland, Belgium and New Zealand.

Some crewmembers may have remained onboard to contain the leak and try to free the ship. A second Chilean navy ship is also on the scene and providing assistance. There's no word on when or if the ship will be able to head back to South America, but reports indicate that the ship's fuel leak extends about a half mile around the ship.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor

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