Last Survivors Land in Chile

Passengers share harrowing tales
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2007 6:04 PM CST
An unidentified crew member of the Canadian ship MS Explorer waves to photographers as he arrives to Punta Arenas, Chile, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, after being evacuated from King George Island, Antarctica....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A military plane flew the last 77 survivors of a sunken tour ship to Chile today, BBC reports. Some evacuees had already gone to the capital, Santagios, to return to their home countries. Others gave detailed, personal accounts of the shipwreck, revealing their fears of freezing to death and their emotional outbursts when the Explorer went under.

US passenger Eli Charney told Good Morning America that he'd fled his flooding cabin without hat or gloves, ABC reports. "I thought I was going to lose my toes," he said. "I was freezing and very seasick on the lifeboat." A passenger on the liner that saved them stood by as they watched the Explorer sink, reports. "All the emotions you could imagine were vented out by the passengers," he said.