There were fears for the future of the Norwegian luxury cruise liner 'Lindblad Explorer' on Sunday (February 13) after two attempts to refloat it had failed.
LV 'Lindblad Explorer' through calm waters passing snow-covered mountains
GV Ship past icefloes
Travel Shot. Beneath & between ice-bergs (3 shots)
SV & CU Passengers filming as ship ploughs through ice (3 shots)
TV Seals on ice
GTV Passenger ship & ice-breakers through ice-field
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This film shows the 'Lindblad Explorer' on earlier cruises through the Antarctic.
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Background: There were fears for the future of the Norwegian luxury cruise liner 'Lindblad Explorer' on Sunday (February 13) after two attempts to refloat it had failed.
The liner, carrying wealthy United States tourists on a wild life cruise through the Antarctic, ran aground on the bleak King George Island 500 miles (800 kilometres) south of the southernmost tip of Chile on Friday (February 11). The 144 passengers and crew on the 2,500-ton liner were rescued safely by a Chilean navy transport ship -- but were still stranded in the shelter of the South Shetland Archipelago on Sunday - while waiting for blizzards to die down.
SYNOPSIS: There were fears for the future of the luxury Norwegian cruise liner 'Lindblad Explorer' on Sunday after two attempts to refloat it had failed. The Lindblad -- seen here on earlier cruises through the Antarctic, where it carries tourist passengers on floating wild-life lectures -- ran aground on the bleak Antarctic King George Island on Friday.
Its 92 passengers, mostly wealthy United States tourists, and 52 crew were rescued unharmed off the Island by a Chilean navy transport ship. A Chilean Navy spokesman said they were all safe aboard the 'Pilots Pards', which picked them off King George Island eight hours after the grounding. On Sunday, however, the Pilots Pards and its extra 144 passengers were still stranded in the shelter of the South Shetland Isles, waiting for blizzards to die down before going on to the Chilean port of Punta Arenas.
The two-thousand-five-hundred-ten liner has been plying the Antarctic for same years, carrying passengers on its cruises-with-a-difference.
During the two rescue attempts, on Friday and Saturday, a navy tug from Chile, assisted by an Argentinean vessel, tried unsuccessfully to put lines on board the Lindblad Explorer. But on Sunday, there were fears that it could be a permanent loss.