The 104 passengers from the Norwegian cruise liner Lindblad Explorer, which ran aground in the Antarctic last week, reached Buenos Aires on Friday (February 18) after a week-long ordeal.
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Background: The 104 passengers from the Norwegian cruise liner Lindblad Explorer, which ran aground in the Antarctic last week, reached Buenos Aires on Friday (February 18) after a week-long ordeal. They had beer rescued by the Children Navy from the 2,500 ten cruise liner, which was stuck fast on a reef in the desolate South Shetland archipelago.
Most of the crew accompanied the passengers on their trip back to civilisation--they had transferred from a Chilean ship to an Argentinean jet for the final stage of the trip. But the captain and seven crew members have stayed aboard the Lindblad Explorer to await the arrival of a salvage tug. The ship's owner, explorer Lars Lindblad, accompanied the passengers.
SYNOPSIS: After a week stranded in the Antarctic, the ordeal ends for a hundred passengers of the Norwegian cruise liner Lindblad Explorer. They were flown to Buenos Aires on Friday, after being rescued by the Chilean Navy. Their liner had run aground on a reef in the desolate South Shetland isles a week earlier. On Friday, it was still there--with the captain and skeleton crew awaiting salvage operations.
With the passengers at Buenos Aires was explorer Lars Lindblad, the owner of the stranded ship. Many of the passengers said they'd had the time of their lives during the unscheduled adventure. They had set out looking for an offbeat holiday--paying ninety dollars a day for a nature study cruise of the frozen south. Most were Americans, and their ages ranged from sixteen to eighty-four.
They'd been asleep when the ship ran aground. Briefly they took to the lifeboats and spent several hours huddled in an abandoned research station--while the extent of the damage to the ship was assessed.