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L'espéranto n'est affilié à aucun pays. On trouve cependant des locuteurs de cette langue dans pratiquement tous les pays du monde. Un service d'hébergement gratuit, le [[Pasporta Servo]] contient plus de 1200 adresses (de particuliers) dans 80 pays différents.
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'''Illinois''' — lausutaan ''Illinoi'' ilman ässää — on 21. [[Yhdysvallat|Yhdysvaltojen]] 50 osavaltiosta. Se tunnetaan myös lempinimillä Land of Lincoln ja Prairie State.
  
==Prononciation==
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==Alueet==
L'accent tonique est TOUJOURS sur l'AVANT DERNIERE syllabe.
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L'alphabet espéranto est un alphabet contenant 28 lettres latines, c'est une langue phonétique (UN SON = UNE LETTRE, une lettre = un son). Chaque mot se prononce donc exactement comme il est écrit.  
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Väkiluvultaan Illinois on [[Keskilänsi (Yhdysvallat)|Keskilännen]] suurin ja Yhdysvaltain viidenneksi suurin osavaltio. Illinois voidaan jakaa karkeasti kolmeen alueeseen: [[Chicago]] ja sitä ympäröivä suurkaupunkialue koillisessa, länsi- ja keskiosien maaseutu sekä etelän hiilikaivokset.
  
===Voyelles===
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; a : comme vr'''a'''c
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; e : comme s'''e'''c (jamais muet)
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; u : ou comme comme l'''ou'''che
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; c : ts comme '''ts'''é-tsé
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; ĉ : tch comme '''tch'''étchénie
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; d : comme '''d'''oute
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
; f : comme '''f'''ou
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; g : guttural comme '''g'''agné
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The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
; ĝ : dj comme a'''dj'''oint
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; h : toujours expiré
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; ĥ : comme le ''ch'' allemand ou le ''j'' espagnol (peu usité)
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; j : y comme '''y'''oyo
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; ĵ : j comme '''j'''ournal
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; k : comme '''k'''iwi
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; l : comme '''l'''apin
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; m : comme '''m'''aman
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; n : comme '''n'''ounou
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; p : comme '''p'''apa
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; r : roulé comme en espagnol
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; s : comme '''s'''ouvent (jamais comme un ''z'')
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; ŝ : ch comme '''ch'''eval
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; t : comme '''t'''oupie
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; v : comme '''v'''ache
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; z : comme '''z'''orro
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===Diphtongues communes===
 
  
la lettre '''ŭ'''( ou bref) se prononce comme un '''w'''
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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
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The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
  
; aŭ : comme c'''aou'''tchouc <!--en anglais n'''ow'''-->
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Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
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Quand les 5 lettres avec l'accent circonflexe ou le chapeau ^ ne peuvent être écrites (sur certains claviers) , elles peuvent être alors remplacées par la lettre suivie de l'accent circonflexe, ou suivie de x ou suivie de h: c^ ou cx ou ch = tch (ch anglais); g^ou gx ou gh = dj; h^ou hx=rrh (très peu usité, du fond de la gorge avec une forte expiration); j^ ou jx ou jh= j français; s^ ou sx ou sh= ch (sh anglais); de même ux ou ù = u (ou) bref
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The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
  
==Liste des phrases==
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The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.  
Pour ce guide, nous employons la forme polie pour toutes les expressions, sur la présomption que vous parlerez la plupart du temps avec des gens que vous ne connaissez pas.  
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===Base===
 
  
La grammaire esperanto est à la fois d'une grande  simplicité et régularité ainsi que d'une grande clarté.
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Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
Il y a un seul article défini:  LA = le, la les; il n y a pas d'article indéfini.
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There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.  
Les racines des mots sont invariables. La désinence ou terminaison des noms  est-O; celle des adjectifs est -A; le pluriel est respectivement-OJ, -AJ; la marque du complément d'objet direct ou accusatif est au singulier: -ON, -AN; au pluriel:-OJN, -AJN, ce qui induit une grande clarté d'expression.La désinence des adverbes dérivés est -E. Exemple parolo(j)= parole(s), parola(j)= oral(es); parole= oralement.
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Les pronoms personnels sont: MI= je; VI= tu ou vous; LI= il;SHI= she(en)=elle; NI= nous; ILI=ils ou elles. On ajoute-N pour le pronom complément direct (min= me ou moi...); -A pour l'adjectif possessif (mia= mon...)et LA devant l'adjectif pour le pronom possessif ( la mia= le mien)...
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Il y a douze désinences verbales: trois à l'indicatif présent -AS, passé -IS et futur -OS; trois pour les modes infinitif -I, conditionnel -US et volitif ou impératif-U; trois au participe actif présent -ANT, passé -INT et futur -ONT; enfin trois au participe passé présent-AT, passé-IT et futur-OT.
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Les affixes , préfixes et suffixes, sont réguliers, comme dans les langues agglutinantes ou isolantes parlées majoritairement en Asie, ce qui simplifie énormément le vocabulaire. Ainsi MAL- exprime l'idée contraire, -ET= petit, -EG= grand (origine mega); -IN= être de sexe féminin. Les racines sont empruntées d'abord aux langues d'origine latine dont le vocabulaire est le plus internationalisé, puis germanique, et parfois autres. Plus de 95% des racines sont reconnaissables pour quelqu'un qui connait une langue latine et une langue germanique.
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; Bonjour. : Saluton. (''sa-LOU-tonne'')
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Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.  
; Comment allez-vous ? : Kiel vi fartas ? (''KI-el vi FAR-tasse?'')
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; Très bien, merci. : Tre bone, dankon. (''BO-né, DANE-kone'')
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; Quel est votre nom ? :  Kiel vi nomigxas ? (noMIdjasse'''')
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; Mon nom est _____. :  Mia nomo estas ____  (''MI-a NO-mo ES-tasse'')
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; Heureux de vous rencontrer. :  Agrable renkonti vin (Il est agreable de vous rencontrer) (''a-GRA-ble ren-KONE-ti vin'')
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; S.v.p. : BonVOlu. (''X'')
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; Merci.: Dankon. (''DANE-kone'')
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; Il n'y a pas de quoi : Nedankinde. (Ce n'est pas digne de remerciement) (''ne-dane-KINE-de'')
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; Oui  : Jes (''yesse'')
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; Non : Ne (''ne'')
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; Excusez-moi : Pardonu min. (''par-DONE-ou mine'')
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; Je suis désolé. : X. (''X'')
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; Au revoir  : ghis revido. (''djisse re-VI-do'')
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; Je ne parle pas _____. : Mi ne parolas ______. (''mi ne pa-RO-lasse'')
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; Parlez-vous français ? : chu vi parolas la francan ? (''tchou vi pa-RO-lasse la FRANE-tsane'')
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; Y a il quelqu'un qui parle français ici ? : chu iu ajn ĉi tie parolas la francan ? (''X'')
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; A l'aide ! : Helpon ! (''X'')
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; Bonjour (le matin) : Bonan tagon (bonan matenon) (''BONE-ane TAGUE-one (ma-TENE-on)'')
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; Bonjour (l'après midi). : Bonan posttagmezon. (''BONE-ane poste-tague-MEZ-one'')
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; Bonsoir. : Bonan vesperon. (''BONE-ane ves-PER-one'')
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; Bonne nuit : Bonan nokton. (''BONE-ane NOK-tone'')
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; Je ne comprend pas : Mi ne komprenas. (''mi ne kome-PRENE-asse'')
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; Où sont les toilettes ? : Kie estas la necesejo ? (''X'')
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===Problèmes===
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  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
; Ne me dérangez pas. : Ne gxenu min. (''X'')
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; Allez-vous en !! : Iru for! (''XX'')
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; Ne me touchez pas ! : Ne tusxu min ! (''X'')
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; Je vais appeller la police. : Mi tuj vokos la policon. (''X'')
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; Police ! : Polico! (''X !'')
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; Arretez ! Au voleur ! : Haltu la sxteliston!(''X'')
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; Aidez-moi, s'il vous plaît! : Helpu min, mi petas ! (''X'')
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; C'est une urgence. : Tio estas urgxo. (''X'')
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; Je suis perdu. : Mi estas perdita . (''X'')
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; J'ai perdu mon sac. : Mi perdis mian sakon. (''X'')
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; J'ai perdu mon porte-monnaie. : Mi perdis mian monujon. (''X'')
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; J'ai mal. : Mi havas doloron.. (''X'')
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; Je suis blessé. : Mi estas vundita. (''X'')
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; J'ai besoin d'un médecin. : Mi bezonas kuraciston. (''X'')
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; Puis-je utiliser votre téléphone ? : Cxu mi povas uzi vian telefonon? (''X'')
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===Nombres===
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Peter Svensson
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first officer
  
; 1 : unu (''X'')
 
; 2 : du (''X'')
 
; 3 : tri (''X'')
 
; 4 : kvar (''X'')
 
; 5 : kvin (''X'')
 
; 6 : ses (''X'')
 
; 7 : sep (''X'')
 
; 8 : ok (''X'')
 
; 9 : naŭ (''X'')
 
; 10 : dek (''X'')
 
; 11 : dek unu (''X'')
 
; 12 : dek du (''X'')
 
; 13 : dek tri (''X'')
 
; 14 : dek kvar (''X'')
 
; 15 : dek kvin (''X'')
 
; 16 : dek ses (''X'')
 
; 17 : dek sep (''X'')
 
; 18 : dek ok (''X'')
 
; 19 : dek naŭ (''X'')
 
; 20 : dudek (''X'')
 
; 21 : dudek unu (''X'')
 
; 22 : dudek du (''X'')
 
; 23 : dudek tri (''X'')
 
; 30 : tridek (''X'')
 
; 40 : kvardek (''X'')
 
; 50 : kvindek (''X'')
 
; 60 : sesdek (''X'')
 
; 70 : sepdek (''X'')
 
; 80 : okdek (''X'')
 
; 90 : naŭdek X (''X'')
 
; 100 : cent (''X'')
 
; 200 : ducent (''X'')
 
; 300 : tricent (''X'')
 
; 1000 : mil (''X'')
 
; 2000 : dumil (''X'')
 
; 1,000,000 : miliono (''X'')
 
; numéro X (''train, bus, etc.'') : numero X (''X'')
 
; demi : duono (''X'')
 
; moins : malpli (''X'')
 
; plus : pli (''X'')
 
  
===Temps===
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Worldwide rescue hub
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In pictures: Ship rescue
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Lure of polar extremes 
  
; maintenant : nun (''X'')
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However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
; plus tard : poste (''X'')
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; avant : antaux(''X'')
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; matin :mateno (''X'')
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; dans la matinée: matene (''X'')
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; après-midi :  posttagmezo (''X'')
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; soir : nokto (''X'')
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; dans la soirée: nokte (''X'')
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; nuit : nokto (''X'')
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====Heures====
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"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
  
; une heure du matin : la unua  matene (''X'')
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All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
; deux heures du matin : la dua matene (''X'')
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; neuf heures du matin : la nauxa matene(''X'')
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; midi : tagmezo (''X'')
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; une heure de l'après-midi : la una posttagmeze (''X'')
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; deux heures de l'après-midi : la dua posttagmeze(''X'')
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; six heures du soir : la sesa posttagmeze (''X'')
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; sept heures du soir : la sepa posttagmeze (''X'')
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; sept heures moins le quart, kvarono antaux la sepa <nowiki>18:45 (''X'')
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; sept heures et quart, la sepa kaj kvarono 19:15</nowiki> (''X'')
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; sept heures et demi, la sepa kaj duono 19:30</nowiki>  (''X'')
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; minuit : noktomezo (''X'')
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====Durée====
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'In good spirits'
  
; ___10 minute(s) : _dek minuto(j)_____  (''X'')
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The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
; _____ heure(s) : _horo(j) (''X'')
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; _____ jour(s) : __tago(j)____  (''X'')
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; _____ semaine(s) : semajno(j)______  (''X'')
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; _____ mois : monato(j)______  (''X'')
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; _____ année(s) : jaro(j)______  (''X'')
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; hebdomadaire : semajna (''X'')
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; mensuel : monata (''X'')
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; annuel : jara (''X'')
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====Jours====
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"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
  
; aujourd'hui : hodiaux (''X'')
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Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:  
; hier : hieraux (''X'')
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; demain : morgaux (''X'')
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; cette semaine : tiu semajno (''X'')
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; la semaine dernière : la lasta semajno (''X'')
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; la semaine prochaine : la venonta semajno (''X'')
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; dimanche : dimanĉo (''X'')
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; lundi : lundo (''X'')
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; mardi : mardo (''X'')
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; mercredi : merkredo (''X'')
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; jeudi : ĵaŭdo (''X'')
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; vendredi : vendredo (''X'')
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; samedi : sabato (''X'')
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====Mois====
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"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
; janvier : januaro (''X'')
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; février : februaro (''X'')
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; mars : marto (''X'')
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; avril : aprilo (''X'')
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; mai : majo (''X'')
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; juin : junio (''X'')
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; juillet : julio (''X'')
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; août : aŭgusto (''X'')
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; septembre :  septembro (''X'')
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; octobre :  oktobro (''X'')
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; novembre :  novembro (''X'')
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; décembre :  decembro (''X'')
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====Écrire heure et date====
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The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
Donnez des exemples de la façon d'écrire heure et date si elle diffère du français.
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le premier octobre 2007:  la 1.oktobro 2007 , la unuan de oktobro du mil sep
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===Couleurs===
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The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
; noir : nigra (''X'')
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; blanc : blanka (''X'')
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; gris : griza (''X'')
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; rouge : ruĝa (''X'')
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; bleu : blua (''X'')
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; jaune : flava (''X'')
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; vert : verda (''X'')
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; orange : oranĝa (''or-AN-dja'')
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; violet : violkolora (''X'')
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; marron : marona  (''X'')
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===Transport===
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First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
  
====Bus et Train====
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"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
; Combien coûte le billet pour aller à ____ ? : Kiom kostas la bileto por iri al ____ ? (''X'')
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; Un billet pour ____, je vous prie. :  Bileton por ____ X, mi petas. (''X'')
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; Où va ce train/bus ? : Kie iras tiu trajno/buso ? (''X?'')
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; Où est le train/bus pour ____ ?: Kie estas la trajno/buso por  ____? (''X ____ ?'')
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; Ce train/bus s'arrête-t-il à  ____ ?: Tiu trajno/buso haltigas al  ____ ? (''X _____?'')
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; Quand le train/bus pour XXX part-il ? : Kiam la trajno/buso por XXX ekiros? (''X _____ X'')
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; Quand ce train/bus arrivera-t-il à _____ ? : Kiam tiu trajno/buso alvenos en _____ ? (''X _____'')
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====Directions====
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'Deficiencies'  
; Ou se trouve Kie estas_____  ? :  (''X _____'')
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; ...la gare ? : la staci(dom)o? (''X?'')
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; ...la gare routière ? : la autobusstacio? (''X?'')
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; ... l'aéroport ? : la flughaveno X (''X'')
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; .....en ville ? en la urbo?(''X'')
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; ... la banlieue ? : la cxirkauxurbo ? (''X?'')
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; ...l'auberge de jeunesse ? : la junhotelo? (''X'')
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; ...l'hôtel _____ ? : la hotelo? (''X'')
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; ...l'ambassade française/belge/suisse/canadienne? : la franca, belga, svisa, kanada ambasado? (''X'')
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; Où y'a-t-il  des... : Kie estas (''X'')
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; ...hôtels? : hoteloj? (''X'')
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; ...restaurants? : ...restoracioj? (''X'')
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; ...bars? :  kafejoj?(''X'')
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; ...sites à visiter ? : vizitlokoj? (''X'')
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; Pouvez-vous me montrer sur la carte ? : cxu vi povas montri min sur la mapo? (''X?'')
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; la rue : la straton X ?(''X'')
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; Tournez à gauche : Turnu maldekstren. (''X'')
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; Tournez à droite. :Turnu dekstren. (''X'')
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; la gauche : la maldekstra (''X'')
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; la droite  : la dekstra (''X'')
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; tout droit : rekte antauxen (''X'')
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; en direction de _____ : en la direkto de _____ (''X'')
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; après le/la  _____ : post la _____ (''X'')
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; avant le/la _____ : antaux la _____ (''X'')
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; Repèrez le/la _____. : Rimarku la (''X'')
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; carrefour : vojkrucigxon (''X'')
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; nord : nordo (''X'')
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; sud : sudoX (''X'')
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; est : oriento (''X'')
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; ouest : okcidento (''X'')
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; en haut : supre(n) (''X'')
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; en bas : malsupre(n) (''X'')
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====Taxi====
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According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).  
; Taxi! : Taksio ! (''X!'')
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; Amenez moi à _____, je vous prie. : Konduku min al _____ mi petas (''X'')
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; Combien cela coûte-t-il d'aller à _____? : Kiom estas la prezo por veturi al _____ ? (''X _____?'')
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; Amenez-moi là, je vous prie. : Konduku min tie, mi petas .  (''X'')
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===Logement===
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Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.  
; Avez-vous des chambres libres ? : Cxu vi havas liberajn cxambrojn? (''tchammbroyn?'')
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; Combien coûte une chambre pour une personne/deux personnes ? :  Kiom kostas chambro por unu persono/ du personoj? (''X?'')
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; Est-ce que dans la chambre il y a... : Cxu estas en la chambro  (''tchammbro ...'')
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; ...des draps ? : littukoj? (''X?'')
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; ...une salle de bain ? : banchambro? ('X?'')
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; ...un téléphone ? : telefono?X (''X?'')
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; ...une télé ? : televido? (''X?'')
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; Puis-je visiter la chambre ? : Chu mi povas viziti la chambron? (''X?'')
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;Vous n'avez pas de chambre plus tranquille ? : Chu vi havas pli trankvilan cxambron? (''tchou?'')
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; ... plus grande ? : pli grandan...? (''... X?'')
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; ...plus propre ? : pli puran...? (''... X?'')
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; ...moins chère? : malpli karan...? (''... X?'')
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; bien, je la prends. : bone, mi prenas gxin (''X'')
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; Je compte rester _____ nuit(s). : Mi pensas resti ___nokto(j)n. (''X'')
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; Pouvez-vous me suggérer un autre hôtel? : Chu vi povas konsili al mi alian hotelon? (''X?'')
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; Avez-vous un coffre-fort ? : Chu vi havas monshrankon? (''X?'')
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; ... des casiers ? : X (''...'')
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; Le petit-déjeuner/dîner est-il inclus ?  : Chu la matenmangxo / vespermangxo estas en tiu kalkulo? (''X?'')
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; À quelle heure est le petit-déjeuner/souper ? : Kioma horo estas la matenmangxo/ vespermangxo? (''?'')
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; Veuillez nettoyer ma chambre.. : Bonvolu purigi mian chambron... (''X'')
+
; Pouvez-vous me réveiller à _____ heure(s) ? : Chu vi povas vekigxi min je ___horo(j)? (''X _____X'')
+
; Je veux vous signaler mon départ. : Mi volas signali al vi mian foriron. (''X'')
+
  
===Argent===
+
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
; Acceptez-vous les euros? : ? (''X?'')
+
; Acceptez-vous les francs suisses? : ? (''X?'')
+
; Acceptez-vous les dollars canadiens? : X (''X?'')
+
; Acceptez-vous les cartes de crédit ? : X (''X?'')
+
; Pouvez-vous me faire le change ? : X (''X?'')
+
; Où puis-je faire le change ? : X (''X?'')
+
; Pouvez-vous me faire le change sur un traveler's chèque ? : X (''X?'')
+
; Où puis-je échanger un traveler's chèque ? : X (''X?'')
+
; Quel est le taux de change ?  : X (''X?'')
+
; Où puis-je trouver un distributeur de billets ? : X (''X?'')
+
  
===Manger===
+
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
; Une table pour une personne/deux personnes, je vous prie. : Tablon por du personoj, mi petas (''X'')
+
; Puis-je avoir le menu ? : Ĉu mi povas havi la menuon ? (''X?'')
+
; Puis-je visiter les cuisines ? : Ĉu mi povas viziti la kuirejon ? (''X?'')
+
; Quelle est la spécialité de la maison ? : X (''X?'')
+
;  Y a-t-il une spécialité locale ? : X (''X?'')
+
; Je suis végétarien. : Mi estas vegetarano. (''X'')
+
; Je ne mange pas de porc. : Mi ne manĝas porkaĵon. (''X'')
+
; Je ne mange que de la viande cachère. : X (''X'')
+
; Pouvez-vous cuisiner léger ? ('avec moins d'huile/beurre/lard'') : X (''X?'')
+
; menu : menuo ('X'')
+
; à la carte : X (''X'')
+
; petit-déjeuner : matenmanĝo (''X'')
+
; déjeuner : tagmanĝo (''X'')
+
; thé : teo (''X'')
+
; souper : vespermanĝo (''X'')
+
; Je voudrais _____ : Mi volus___. (''X _____'')
+
; Je voudrais un plat avec _____. : Mi volus mangxajxon kun ___ (''X _____'')
+
; du poulet : kokidaĵo (''X'')
+
; du boeuf : bovaĵo (''X'')
+
; du cerf : cervajxo (''X'')
+
; du poisson : fiŝaĵo (''X'')
+
; du saumon : salmonaĵo (''X'')
+
; du thon : tonuso (''X'')
+
; du merlan : X (''X'')
+
; de la morue : X (''X'')
+
; des fruits de mer : X (''X'')
+
; de la dulse : X (''X'')
+
; du homard : omaro (''X'')
+
; des palourdes : X (''X'')
+
; des huîtres : ostroj (''X'')
+
; des moules : mituloj (''X'')
+
; des escargots : helikoj (''X'')
+
; des grenouilles : ranoj (''X'')
+
; du jambon : shinko (''X'')
+
; du porc/cochon : porkaĵo (''X'').
+
; du sanglier : aprajxo (''X'')
+
; des saucisses : kolbasoj (''X'')
+
; du fromage : fromagxo (''X'')
+
; des oeufs : Ovoj (''X'')
+
; une salade :salato (''X'')
+
; des légumes (frais) : (freshaj) legomoj (''X'')
+
; des fruits (frais) : (freshaj) fruktoj (''X'')
+
; du pain : pano (''X'')
+
; toast : X (''X'')
+
; des pâtes : pastajxo(''X'')
+
; du riz : rizo (''X'')
+
; des haricots :fazeoloj (''X'')
+
; Puis-je avoir un verre de _____? : Chu mi povas havi glason de ____ ?  (''X _____?'')
+
; Puis-je avoir une tasse de _____? : Chu mi povas havi tason de ____ ?(''X _____?'')
+
; Puis-je avoir une bouteille de _____?  : Chu mi povas havi botelon de ____ ? (''X _____?'')
+
;  café: kafeo (''X'')
+
; thé : teo (''X'')
+
; jus : suko (''X'')
+
; eau gazeuse : gasakvon (''X'')
+
; eau : akvo (''X'')
+
; bière : biero (''X'')
+
; vin rouge/blanc : rugxan/blankan  vinon (''X'')
+
; Puis-je avoir du _____? : Chu mi povas havi_____ ? (''X'')
+
; sel : salo(n) (''X'')
+
; poivre : pipro(n) (''X'')
+
; beurre : butero(n)X (''X'')
+
; S'il vous plaît ? (''attirer l'attention du serveur''): X (''X'')
+
; J'ai fini : Mi finis. (''X'')
+
; C'était délicieux.. : (Estis tre bone) (''X'')
+
; Vous pouvez débarrasser la table.. : X (''X'')
+
; L'addition je vous prie. : La fakturo (kalkulo) mi petas. (''X'')
+
  
===Bars===
+
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.  
; Servez-vous de l'alcool ? : X (''X'')
+
; Est-ce qu'il y a service à table ? : X (''X?'')
+
; Une bière/deux bières, s'il vous plaît.. : X (''X'')
+
; Un verre de vin rouge/blanc, s'il vous plaît : X. (''X'')
+
; Une grande bière , s'il vous plaît.. : X (''X'')
+
; Une bouteille, s'il vous plaît. : X. (''X'')
+
; _____ (''hard liquor'') and _____ (''mixer''), please. : _____ et _____, s'il vous plaît. (''X'')
+
; whisky : X (''X'')
+
; vodka : X (''X'')
+
; rhum : X (''X'')
+
; de l'eau : (''X'')
+
; soda: X (''X'')
+
; Schweppes : X (''X'')
+
; jus d'orange : X (''X'')
+
; Coca : X (''X'')
+
; Est-ce que vous avez des apéritifs (dans le sens chips ou cacahuètes) ? X (''X'')
+
; Encore un/une autre, s'il vous plaît. : X (''X'')
+
; Un autre pour la table, s'il vous plaît. : X (''X'')
+
; À quelle heure fermez-vous ? : X  (''...'')
+
  
===Achats===
+
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.  
; Avez-vous ceci dans ma taille ? : X (''X'')
+
; Combien ça coûte ? : X (''X'')
+
; C'est trop cher ! : X (''X'')
+
; Pourriez-vous accepter _____? : X (''X'')
+
; cher : X (''X'')
+
; bon marché : X (''X'')
+
; Je ne peux pas le/la payer. : X (''X'')
+
; Je n'en veux pas : X. (''X'')
+
; Vous me trompez. : X (''X'')
+
; Je ne suis pas intéressé. : X (''X'')
+
; bien, Je vais le/la prendre. : X (''X'')
+
; Je pourrais avoir un sac ? : X (''X'')
+
; Livrez-vous à l'étranger ? : X (''X'')
+
; J'ai besoin... : X (''X'')
+
; ...de dentifrice.: X (''X'')
+
; ...d'une brosse à dents. : X (''X'')
+
; ...tampons. : X (''X'')
+
; ...de savon. : X (''X'')
+
; ...de shampooing. : X (''X'')
+
; ...un analgésique (''aspirine, ibuprofen'') : X. (''X'')
+
; ...un médicament pour un rhume. : X. (''X'')
+
; ...de médicament pour l'estomac. : X (''X'')
+
; ...d'un rasoir. : X (''X'')
+
; ...de piles. : X (''X'')
+
; ...d'une parapluie : X. (''X'')
+
; ...d'une ombrelle. (soleil) : X (''X'')
+
; ...d'une crème solaire. : X (''X'')
+
; ...d'une carte postale. : X (''X'')
+
; ...des timbres à poste.. : X (''X'')
+
; ...du papier à lettres. : X (''X'')
+
; ...d'un stylo. : X (''X'')
+
; ...de livres en français. : X (''X'')
+
; ...des magazines en français. : X (''X'')
+
; ...un journal en français. : X (''X'')
+
; ...d'un dictionnaire français-XXX. : X (''X'')
+
  
===Conduire===
+
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.  
; Je voudrais louer une voiture. :X. (''X'')
+
; Je pourrais être assuré(e) ? : X (''X'')
+
; stop (''sur un panneau'') : stop (''X'')
+
; sens unique : X (''X'')
+
; cédez le passage : X (''X'')
+
; stationnement interdit  :  X (''X'')
+
; limite de vitesse : X (''X'')
+
; station essence : X (''X'')
+
; l'essence : X (''X'')
+
; diesel : X (''X'')
+
  
===Autorité===
+
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.  
; Je n'ai rien fait de mal.. : X (''X'')
+
; C'est une erreur. :X. (''X'')
+
; Où m'emmenez-vous ? : X (''X'')
+
; Suis-je en état d'arrestation ? : X (''X'')
+
; Je suis citoyen français/belge/suisse/canadien. :  (''X'')
+
; Je suis citoyenne française/belge/suisse/canadienne : . (''X'')
+
; Je dois parler à l'ambassade/au consulat français/belge/suisse/canadien :  (''X'')
+
; Je voudrais parler à un avocat. : X (''X'')
+
; Pourrais-je simplement payer une amende ? : X (''X'')
+
  
==Apprendre plus==
+
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
  
* http://ikurso.esperanto-jeunes.org Cours Internet de l'association Espéranto-Jeunes
+
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.  
* Assimil Espéranto sans peine ISBN:B000095XGY
+
  
==Voir aussi==
+
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
[[Wikitravel:Liste des guides linguistiques|Liste des guides linguistiques]]
+
 
[[en:Esperanto phrasebook|English-Esperanto phrasebook]]
+
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
[[en:Phrasebook template|phrasebook template]]
+
 
[[Wikipedia:Esperanto|Wikipedia: Espéranto]]
+
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
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Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
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Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
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First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
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Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
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The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
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Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
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The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
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The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
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There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
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Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
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However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
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"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
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All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
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'In good spirits'
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The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
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"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
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Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
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"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
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The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
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The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
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First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
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"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
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'Deficiencies'
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According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
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Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
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  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
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Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
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Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
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Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
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The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
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 +
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However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
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 +
Xinhua News Agency 154 passengers rescued after cruiseliner crash in Antarctic Ocean - 39 mins ago
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
 +
 +
The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Enlarge Image
 +
 +
More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
 +
Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Worldwide rescue hub
 +
In pictures: Ship rescue
 +
Lure of polar extremes 
 +
 
 +
However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Return to the top
 +
 
 +
 
 +
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 +
Have you been on the Explorer? Do you know someone who may have been on this expedition? Are you involved in rescue operations? If you have any information you would like to share with the BBC you can do so using the form below.
 +
You can send your pictures and moving footage to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 0044 (0)7725 100 100
 +
 
 +
 
 +
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Name:
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RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Gap Adventures
 +
Lloyds List
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 
 +
 
 +
FROM OTHER NEWS SITES
 +
94Country WKKJ 150 Saved From Sinking Antarctic Cruise Ship - 25 mins ago
 +
Oroville Mercury-Register Stricken ship evacuated off Antarctica - 26 mins ago
 +
Xinhua News Agency 154 passengers rescued after cruiseliner crash in Antarctic Ocean - 39 mins ago
 +
Boston Globe* Stricken liner evacuated off Antarctica - 50 mins ago
 +
Globe and Mail* Passenger ship strikes iceberg in Antarctic - 57 mins ago
 +
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Chavez plea for Colombia hostages
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
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| News feeds
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MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
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Weekly world news quiz
 +
Day in pictures
 +
Many flee from Philippines storm
 +
Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Mother can keep birth 'a secret'
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
 +
Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
 +
Three dead after cruiser capsizes
 +
Boy-murder accused dies on remand
 +
Most popular now, in detail
 +
 +
 
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FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS  Black day
 +
Zimbabwe rhino killings put breeding project in jeopardy
 +
  In Pictures
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British royals meeting Commonwealth leaders in Uganda
 +
  7 days 7 questions
 +
Calamities, bad weeks and monsters from the deep in our news quiz
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  Last Updated: Friday, 23 November 2007, 21:00 GMT 
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E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
 +
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
 +
 +
The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Enlarge Image
 +
 +
More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
 +
Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Worldwide rescue hub
 +
In pictures: Ship rescue
 +
Lure of polar extremes 
 +
 
 +
However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Return to the top
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The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
 +
 
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Enlarge Image
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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
 +
Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Worldwide rescue hub
 +
In pictures: Ship rescue
 +
Lure of polar extremes 
 +
 
 +
However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Return to the top
 +
 
 +
 
 +
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 +
Have you been on the Explorer? Do you know someone who may have been on this expedition? Are you involved in rescue operations? If you have any information you would like to share with the BBC you can do so using the form below.
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You can send your pictures and moving footage to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 0044 (0)7725 100 100
 +
 
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 +
 
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Gap Adventures
 +
Lloyds List
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 
 +
 
 +
FROM OTHER NEWS SITES
 +
94Country WKKJ 150 Saved From Sinking Antarctic Cruise Ship - 25 mins ago
 +
Oroville Mercury-Register Stricken ship evacuated off Antarctica - 26 mins ago
 +
Xinhua News Agency 154 passengers rescued after cruiseliner crash in Antarctic Ocean - 39 mins ago
 +
Boston Globe* Stricken liner evacuated off Antarctica - 50 mins ago
 +
Globe and Mail* Passenger ship strikes iceberg in Antarctic - 57 mins ago
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 +
 
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 +
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
 +
 +
The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Enlarge Image
 +
 +
More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
 +
Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Worldwide rescue hub
 +
In pictures: Ship rescue
 +
Lure of polar extremes 
 +
 
 +
However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Return to the top
 +
 
 +
 
 +
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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
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Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
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In pictures: Ship rescue
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However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
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 +
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FROM OTHER NEWS SITES
 +
94Country WKKJ 150 Saved From Sinking Antarctic Cruise Ship - 25 mins ago
 +
Oroville Mercury-Register Stricken ship evacuated off Antarctica - 26 mins ago
 +
Xinhua News Agency 154 passengers rescued after cruiseliner crash in Antarctic Ocean - 39 mins ago
 +
Boston Globe* Stricken liner evacuated off Antarctica - 50 mins ago
 +
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 +
 
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E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
 +
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
 +
 +
The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Enlarge Image
 +
 +
More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
 +
Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Worldwide rescue hub
 +
In pictures: Ship rescue
 +
Lure of polar extremes 
 +
 
 +
However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Return to the top
 +
 
 +
 
 +
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 +
Have you been on the Explorer? Do you know someone who may have been on this expedition? Are you involved in rescue operations? If you have any information you would like to share with the BBC you can do so using the form below.
 +
You can send your pictures and moving footage to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 0044 (0)7725 100 100
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Click here for terms and conditions on sending photos and video
 +
When taking photos or filming please do not endanger yourself or others, take unnecessary risks or infringe any laws.
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Name:
 +
 +
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 +
 
 +
 
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Gap Adventures
 +
Lloyds List
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 
 +
 
 +
FROM OTHER NEWS SITES
 +
94Country WKKJ 150 Saved From Sinking Antarctic Cruise Ship - 25 mins ago
 +
Oroville Mercury-Register Stricken ship evacuated off Antarctica - 26 mins ago
 +
Xinhua News Agency 154 passengers rescued after cruiseliner crash in Antarctic Ocean - 39 mins ago
 +
Boston Globe* Stricken liner evacuated off Antarctica - 50 mins ago
 +
Globe and Mail* Passenger ship strikes iceberg in Antarctic - 57 mins ago
 +
About these results
 +
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Chavez plea for Colombia hostages
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New York murders 'at 40-year low'
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
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| News feeds
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MOST POPULAR STORIES NOW
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MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
 +
Weekly world news quiz
 +
Day in pictures
 +
Many flee from Philippines storm
 +
Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Mother can keep birth 'a secret'
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
 +
Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
 +
Three dead after cruiser capsizes
 +
Boy-murder accused dies on remand
 +
Most popular now, in detail
 +
 +
 
 +
 
 +
FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS  Black day
 +
Zimbabwe rhino killings put breeding project in jeopardy
 +
  In Pictures
 +
British royals meeting Commonwealth leaders in Uganda
 +
  7 days 7 questions
 +
Calamities, bad weeks and monsters from the deep in our news quiz
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 +
 
 +
 
 +
 +
 +
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
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The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
 +
 
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Enlarge Image
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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
 +
Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Worldwide rescue hub
 +
In pictures: Ship rescue
 +
Lure of polar extremes 
 +
 
 +
However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Return to the top
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
 +
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The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Enlarge Image
 +
 +
More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
 +
Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Worldwide rescue hub
 +
In pictures: Ship rescue
 +
Lure of polar extremes 
 +
 
 +
However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Return to the top
 +
 
 +
 
 +
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Have you been on the Explorer? Do you know someone who may have been on this expedition? Are you involved in rescue operations? If you have any information you would like to share with the BBC you can do so using the form below.
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The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
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FROM OTHER NEWS SITES
 +
94Country WKKJ 150 Saved From Sinking Antarctic Cruise Ship - 25 mins ago
 +
Oroville Mercury-Register Stricken ship evacuated off Antarctica - 26 mins ago
 +
Xinhua News Agency 154 passengers rescued after cruiseliner crash in Antarctic Ocean - 39 mins ago
 +
Boston Globe* Stricken liner evacuated off Antarctica - 50 mins ago
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
 +
 +
The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Enlarge Image
 +
 +
More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
 +
Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Worldwide rescue hub
 +
In pictures: Ship rescue
 +
Lure of polar extremes 
 +
 
 +
However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Return to the top
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 +
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The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
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Enlarge Image
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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
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Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Worldwide rescue hub
 +
In pictures: Ship rescue
 +
Lure of polar extremes 
 +
 
 +
However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Return to the top
 +
 
 +
 
 +
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Have you been on the Explorer? Do you know someone who may have been on this expedition? Are you involved in rescue operations? If you have any information you would like to share with the BBC you can do so using the form below.
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You can send your pictures and moving footage to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 0044 (0)7725 100 100
 +
 
 +
 
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Gap Adventures
 +
Lloyds List
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 
 +
 
 +
FROM OTHER NEWS SITES
 +
94Country WKKJ 150 Saved From Sinking Antarctic Cruise Ship - 25 mins ago
 +
Oroville Mercury-Register Stricken ship evacuated off Antarctica - 26 mins ago
 +
Xinhua News Agency 154 passengers rescued after cruiseliner crash in Antarctic Ocean - 39 mins ago
 +
Boston Globe* Stricken liner evacuated off Antarctica - 50 mins ago
 +
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 +
 
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E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
 +
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
 +
 +
The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Enlarge Image
 +
 +
More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
 +
The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
 +
 
 +
The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
 +
 
 +
The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
 +
There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
 +
 
 +
  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
 +
 
 +
Peter Svensson
 +
first officer
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Worldwide rescue hub
 +
In pictures: Ship rescue
 +
Lure of polar extremes 
 +
 
 +
However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
 +
"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
 +
 
 +
All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
 +
 
 +
'In good spirits'
 +
 
 +
The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
 +
 
 +
"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
 +
 
 +
Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
 +
 
 +
The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
 +
 
 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
 +
 
 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
 +
 
 +
Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
 +
 
 +
The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
 +
 
 +
It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
 +
 
 +
Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
 +
 
 +
The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
 +
 
 +
The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
 +
 
 +
Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
 +
 
 +
Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
 +
 
 +
M/S EXPLORER
 +
 +
Built: 1969, Finland
 +
Capacity: 100 passengers
 +
Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
 +
Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
 +
Crew: 54 
 +
 
 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
 +
Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
 +
Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Return to the top
 +
 
 +
 
 +
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 +
Have you been on the Explorer? Do you know someone who may have been on this expedition? Are you involved in rescue operations? If you have any information you would like to share with the BBC you can do so using the form below.
 +
You can send your pictures and moving footage to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to 0044 (0)7725 100 100
 +
 
 +
 
 +
Click here for terms and conditions on sending photos and video
 +
When taking photos or filming please do not endanger yourself or others, take unnecessary risks or infringe any laws.
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 +
 
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 +
Name:
 +
 +
Email address:
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 +
Town and Country:
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Phone number (optional):
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 +
 
 +
 
 +
 
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Gap Adventures
 +
Lloyds List
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 
 +
 
 +
FROM OTHER NEWS SITES
 +
94Country WKKJ 150 Saved From Sinking Antarctic Cruise Ship - 25 mins ago
 +
Oroville Mercury-Register Stricken ship evacuated off Antarctica - 26 mins ago
 +
Xinhua News Agency 154 passengers rescued after cruiseliner crash in Antarctic Ocean - 39 mins ago
 +
Boston Globe* Stricken liner evacuated off Antarctica - 50 mins ago
 +
Globe and Mail* Passenger ship strikes iceberg in Antarctic - 57 mins ago
 +
About these results
 +
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Chavez plea for Colombia hostages
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New York murders 'at 40-year low'
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
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| News feeds
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 +
MOST POPULAR STORIES NOW
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MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
 +
Weekly world news quiz
 +
Day in pictures
 +
Many flee from Philippines storm
 +
Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Mother can keep birth 'a secret'
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
 +
Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
 +
Three dead after cruiser capsizes
 +
Boy-murder accused dies on remand
 +
Most popular now, in detail
 +
 +
 
 +
 
 +
FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS  Black day
 +
Zimbabwe rhino killings put breeding project in jeopardy
 +
  In Pictures
 +
British royals meeting Commonwealth leaders in Uganda
 +
  7 days 7 questions
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Calamities, bad weeks and monsters from the deep in our news quiz
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated 
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The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours
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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica.
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The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.
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Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.
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The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.
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The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.
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Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer
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There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.
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Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.
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  We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs
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Peter Svensson
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first officer
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Worldwide rescue hub
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In pictures: Ship rescue
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Lure of polar extremes 
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However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.
 +
 
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"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.
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All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.
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'In good spirits'
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The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.
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"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.
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Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:
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"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.
 +
 
 +
The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.
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The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.
 +
 
 +
First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.
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 +
"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."
 +
 
 +
'Deficiencies'
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 +
According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
 +
 
 +
Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.
 +
 
 +
  The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment
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Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures
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Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.
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Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.
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The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.
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It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."
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The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.
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The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.
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Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.
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Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.
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Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.
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M/S EXPLORER
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Built: 1969, Finland
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Capacity: 100 passengers
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Tonnage: 2,400  Cruising speed: 11 knots
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Engines: 3,800 hp diesels
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Crew: 54 
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 +
First custom-built expedition ship
 +
Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados
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Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984
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Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989
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Illinois — lausutaan Illinoi ilman ässää — on 21. Yhdysvaltojen 50 osavaltiosta. Se tunnetaan myös lempinimillä Land of Lincoln ja Prairie State.

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Väkiluvultaan Illinois on Keskilännen suurin ja Yhdysvaltain viidenneksi suurin osavaltio. Illinois voidaan jakaa karkeasti kolmeen alueeseen: Chicago ja sitä ympäröivä suurkaupunkialue koillisessa, länsi- ja keskiosien maaseutu sekä etelän hiilikaivokset.

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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated

The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours


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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


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However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated

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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated

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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated

The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours


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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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FROM OTHER NEWS SITES 94Country WKKJ 150 Saved From Sinking Antarctic Cruise Ship - 25 mins ago Oroville Mercury-Register Stricken ship evacuated off Antarctica - 26 mins ago Xinhua News Agency 154 passengers rescued after cruiseliner crash in Antarctic Ocean - 39 mins ago Boston Globe* Stricken liner evacuated off Antarctica - 50 mins ago Globe and Mail* Passenger ship strikes iceberg in Antarctic - 57 mins ago About these results

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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated

The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours


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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated

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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated

The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours


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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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FROM OTHER NEWS SITES 94Country WKKJ 150 Saved From Sinking Antarctic Cruise Ship - 25 mins ago Oroville Mercury-Register Stricken ship evacuated off Antarctica - 26 mins ago Xinhua News Agency 154 passengers rescued after cruiseliner crash in Antarctic Ocean - 39 mins ago Boston Globe* Stricken liner evacuated off Antarctica - 50 mins ago Globe and Mail* Passenger ship strikes iceberg in Antarctic - 57 mins ago About these results

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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated

The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours


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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


Worldwide rescue hub In pictures: Ship rescue Lure of polar extremes

However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated

The M/S Explorer has been listing for hours


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More than 150 passengers and crew have been rescued from a stricken tourist ship after it hit ice off Antarctica. The M/S Explorer is now lying on its side close to the South Shetland Islands, in the Antarctic Ocean.

Gap Adventures, which owns the ship, said 91 passengers, nine guides and 54 crew members were safely evacuated to lifeboats and then to another ship.

The company said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans and 10 Canadians were among the 154 on board.

The remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German and Chinese, said the Toronto-based tour company.


Graphic: Key facts about M/S Explorer There was confusion earlier over crew and passenger numbers due to uncertainty at Gap Adventures.

Following the news of the incident, the specialist Lloyds List maritime publication said the 2,400-tonne Explorer had five faults at its last inspection.

 We were passing through ice as usual but this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs 

Peter Svensson first officer


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However, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), whose inspectors found the faults, said that they had all been rectified by the time the ship set sail again.

"These were not huge problems and were all rectified before the vessel sailed. It would not have been allowed to depart if everything had not been sorted out," MCA spokesman Mark Clarke told PA news.

All passengers and crew were transferred to a Norwegian cruise ship, the Nordnorge.

'In good spirits'

The passengers were going to stay overnight at a Chilean air force base on King George Island, before being transferred on Saturday for flights home, said Gap Adventures.

"They are all in good spirits," company spokeswoman Marie Anne MacRae told the BBC News website.

Paola Palavecino, an ornithologist onboard the rescue ship, the Nordnorge, told the BBC that four of those rescued had suffered moderate hypothermia, but that they were all fine now, having eaten and been given additional warm clothes:


"They have been in touch with their families, in the different countries and they're waiting to arrive in the Chilean base Frei to take a flight tomorrow to Punta Arenas," she added.

The group had embarked from Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, on 11 November for a 19-day "Spirit of Shackleton" cruise through the Drake Passage.

The captain and the first officer abandoned the Liberian-registered Explorer after initially remaining on board to pump water.

First officer Peter Svensson told Reuters: "We were passing through ice as usual. But this time something hit the hold and we got a little leakage downstairs.

"No one was hysterical, they were just sitting there nice and quiet, because we knew there were ships coming."

'Deficiencies'

According to a report on Lloyds List's website, the Explorer was found to have five "deficiencies" at an inspection in May at Greenock, Scotland, by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Watertight doors were described as "not as required", while lifeboat maintenance problems and missing search and rescue plans were also noted.

 The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment 

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures

Chilean port inspectors also found six deficiencies during an inspection in Puerto Natales in March, including two related to navigation matters, said Lloyds List.

Gap Adventures said the Explorer was passed as fit for sea by inspectors in October this year at a dry dock before their tourist season began.

The MCA said it became aware at 0524 GMT on Friday that the expedition ship was in distress near King George Island.

It ran into trouble approximately 120km (75 miles) north of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Susan Hayes, vice-president of marketing for Gap Adventures, said: "The hull has a hole the size of a fist and the outlook is not so positive for the ship at the moment."

The company said the pumps had been used in an effort to stop the ship sinking. But the vessel is now lying on one side, with its hull exposed.

The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Ushuaia coastguard.

Prices for the 19-day tour start from around $8,000 (£3,900) per cabin.

Gap Adventures said that before Friday's incident, the tour group had visited the Falkland Islands to spot black-browed albatrosses, before going to South Georgia to see Shackleton's grave and the king penguin colonies.


Coastguards said the weather conditions were good for this time of year, though the average temperature is still -5C.

M/S EXPLORER

Built: 1969, Finland Capacity: 100 passengers Tonnage: 2,400 Cruising speed: 11 knots Engines: 3,800 hp diesels Crew: 54

First custom-built expedition ship Known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionados Became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 Involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989



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