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
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)
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(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.  (Read more Antarctica stories.)