Cruise Ship Stranded in Antarctica

Rescuers race to scene as luxury ship takes on water and leaks fuel

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 5, 2008 3:57 AM CST

(Newser) – A cruise ship with 122 passengers and crew on board is stranded in Antarctica after cracking into ice, reports the Times of London. The Ushuaia, based out of Argentina, is not thought to be in danger of sinking, but is taking on water and leaking fuel. The crew reported two large cracks in the ship. Argentina has dispatched a rescue plane and two Navy ships, and another cruise ship is on its way to help evacuate the stricken vessel. 

An airplane flies over the Antarctic in this file photo. A plane has been sent to help passengers stranded on the Ushuaia.
An airplane flies over the Antarctic in this file photo. A plane has been sent to help passengers stranded on the Ushuaia.   (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)
The MV Ushuaia, seen here in a file photo, is stranded on the coast of Antarctica after hitting ice.
The MV Ushuaia, seen here in a file photo, is stranded on the coast of Antarctica after hitting ice.   (©V.P.Tz.)
This photo shows iceberg W-86 in December 2005 in the Weddell Sea, off one of the coasts of Antarctica.
This photo shows iceberg W-86 in December 2005 in the Weddell Sea, off one of the coasts of Antarctica.   (AP Photo/Henry A. Ruhl)
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There aren’t any injuries. The cause of the grounding is something we’ll look into later. Our priority is to help the people on board and control any contamination from the small amount of fuel loss. - Argentine Admiral Daniel Martin

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