An air force plane transported about half of the survivors from yesterday's Antarctic shipwreck to Chile today, BBC reports. The others—79 of the Explorer's 156 passengers—may spend a second night on a remote island due to bad weather. A Chilean air force spokesman said the survivors did "very well" on their first overnight. "Some of them have been in touch with their families via the Internet," he said.
"It's certainly nice to be on the way home now," one US survivor said before boarding the plane to leave King George island. "I'm just really glad to be around still." Tourists from the sunken Explorer include 13 Americans, 10 Canadians, and 23 Britons—all described as being in "good spirits" by the tour company.