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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 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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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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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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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

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MOST POPULAR STORIES NOW 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

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  7 days 7 questions 

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 Last Updated: Friday, 23 November 2007, 21:00 GMT  
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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



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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. 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.


Name:

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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


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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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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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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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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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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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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uren vaihtelevuuden takia Illinois'n sanotaankin muistuttavan Yhdysvaltoja pienoiskoossa. Associated Press:in tekemän analyysin mukaan Illinois on "the most average state".

Kaupungit

Muut kohteet

Ymmärrä

Ilmasto

Pohjois-Illinois'n ilmasto on Keskilännelle tyypillinen. Kesät ovat lämpimiä ja kosteita, ja talvet kylmiä. Etelämpänä ilmasto on lämpimämpi ja talvet leudompia. Michigan-järven läheisyys vaikuttaa etenkin Windy city (tuulinen kaupunki) -lempinimellä tunntetussa Chicagossa.

Tornadot ovat yleisiä Keskilännessä ja siis myös Illinois'n osavaltiossa.

Tule

Lentokoneella

Chicagossa on kaksi suurta lentokenttää, O'Hare sekä Midway. Esimerkiksi SAS ja Lufthansa lentävät O'Haren kentälle Euroopasta.

Springfieldissä sekä St. Louisissa on myös lentokenttä.

Junalla

Autolla


Bussilla

Laivalla

Liiku

Liikkuminen on helpointa autolla. Chicagon lähellä on hyvä varautua tietulleihin (toll highway), mutta suurin osa teistä on ilmaisia.

Puhu

Illinois'ssa puhutaan englantia.

Syö

  • Juustokakku
  • Hot dogit
  • Deep dish pizza

Juo

Pysy turvassa

St. Louisin itäosat ovat erityisen turvatonta seutua. Myös Chicagossa on vaarallisia alueita. Muilta osin Illinois on turvallinen osavaltio tornadoita lukuun ottamatta.

Modèle:Sijainti Modèle:Runko Illinois — lausutaan Illinoi ilman ässää — on 21. Yhdysvaltojen 50 osavaltiosta. Se tunnetaan myös lempinimillä Land of Lincoln ja Prairie State.

Alueet

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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uren vaihtelevuuden takia Illinois'n sanotaankin muistuttavan Yhdysvaltoja pienoiskoossa. Associated Press:in tekemän analyysin mukaan Illinois on "the most average state".

Kaupungit

Muut kohteet

Ymmärrä

Ilmasto

Pohjois-Illinois'n ilmasto on Keskilännelle tyypillinen. Kesät ovat lämpimiä ja kosteita, ja talvet kylmiä. Etelämpänä ilmasto on lämpimämpi ja talvet leudompia. Michigan-järven läheisyys vaikuttaa etenkin Windy city (tuulinen kaupunki) -lempinimellä tunntetussa Chicagossa.

Tornadot ovat yleisiä Keskilännessä ja siis myös Illinois'n osavaltiossa.

Tule

Lentokoneella

Chicagossa on kaksi suurta lentokenttää, O'Hare sekä Midway. Esimerkiksi SAS ja Lufthansa lentävät O'Haren kentälle Euroopasta.

Springfieldissä sekä St. Louisissa on myös lentokenttä.

Junalla

Autolla


Bussilla

Laivalla

Liiku

Liikkuminen on helpointa autolla. Chicagon lähellä on hyvä varautua tietulleihin (toll highway), mutta suurin osa teistä on ilmaisia.

Puhu

Illinois'ssa puhutaan englantia.

Syö

  • Juustokakku
  • Hot dogit
  • Deep dish pizza

Juo

Pysy turvassa

St. Louisin itäosat ovat erityisen turvatonta seutua. Myös Chicagossa on vaarallisia alueita. Muilta osin Illinois on turvallinen osavaltio tornadoita lukuun ottamatta.

Modèle:Sijainti Modèle:Runko Illinois — lausutaan Illinoi ilman ässää — on 21. Yhdysvaltojen 50 osavaltiosta. Se tunnetaan myös lempinimillä Land of Lincoln ja Prairie State.

Alueet

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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uren vaihtelevuuden takia Illinois'n sanotaankin muistuttavan Yhdysvaltoja pienoiskoossa. Associated Press:in tekemän analyysin mukaan Illinois on "the most average state".

Kaupungit

Muut kohteet

Ymmärrä

Ilmasto

Pohjois-Illinois'n ilmasto on Keskilännelle tyypillinen. Kesät ovat lämpimiä ja kosteita, ja talvet kylmiä. Etelämpänä ilmasto on lämpimämpi ja talvet leudompia. Michigan-järven läheisyys vaikuttaa etenkin Windy city (tuulinen kaupunki) -lempinimellä tunntetussa Chicagossa.

Tornadot ovat yleisiä Keskilännessä ja siis myös Illinois'n osavaltiossa.

Tule

Lentokoneella

Chicagossa on kaksi suurta lentokenttää, O'Hare sekä Midway. Esimerkiksi SAS ja Lufthansa lentävät O'Haren kentälle Euroopasta.

Springfieldissä sekä St. Louisissa on myös lentokenttä.

Junalla

Autolla


Bussilla

Laivalla

Liiku

Liikkuminen on helpointa autolla. Chicagon lähellä on hyvä varautua tietulleihin (toll highway), mutta suurin osa teistä on ilmaisia.

Puhu

Illinois'ssa puhutaan englantia.

Syö

  • Juustokakku
  • Hot dogit
  • Deep dish pizza

Juo

Pysy turvassa

St. Louisin itäosat ovat erityisen turvatonta seutua. Myös Chicagossa on vaarallisia alueita. Muilta osin Illinois on turvallinen osavaltio tornadoita lukuun ottamatta.

Modèle:Sijainti Modèle:Runko Illinois — lausutaan Illinoi ilman ässää — on 21. Yhdysvaltojen 50 osavaltiosta. Se tunnetaan myös lempinimillä Land of Lincoln ja Prairie State.

Alueet

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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uren vaihtelevuuden takia Illinois'n sanotaankin muistuttavan Yhdysvaltoja pienoiskoossa. Associated Press:in tekemän analyysin mukaan Illinois on "the most average state".

Kaupungit

Muut kohteet

Ymmärrä

Ilmasto

Pohjois-Illinois'n ilmasto on Keskilännelle tyypillinen. Kesät ovat lämpimiä ja kosteita, ja talvet kylmiä. Etelämpänä ilmasto on lämpimämpi ja talvet leudompia. Michigan-järven läheisyys vaikuttaa etenkin Windy city (tuulinen kaupunki) -lempinimellä tunntetussa Chicagossa.

Tornadot ovat yleisiä Keskilännessä ja siis myös Illinois'n osavaltiossa.

Tule

Lentokoneella

Chicagossa on kaksi suurta lentokenttää, O'Hare sekä Midway. Esimerkiksi SAS ja Lufthansa lentävät O'Haren kentälle Euroopasta.

Springfieldissä sekä St. Louisissa on myös lentokenttä.

Junalla

Autolla


Bussilla

Laivalla

Liiku

Liikkuminen on helpointa autolla. Chicagon lähellä on hyvä varautua tietulleihin (toll highway), mutta suurin osa teistä on ilmaisia.

Puhu

Illinois'ssa puhutaan englantia.

Syö

  • Juustokakku
  • Hot dogit
  • Deep dish pizza

Juo

Pysy turvassa

St. Louisin itäosat ovat erityisen turvatonta seutua. Myös Chicagossa on vaarallisia alueita. Muilta osin Illinois on turvallinen osavaltio tornadoita lukuun ottamatta.

Modèle:Sijainti Modèle:Runko Illinois — lausutaan Illinoi ilman ässää — on 21. Yhdysvaltojen 50 osavaltiosta. Se tunnetaan myös lempinimillä Land of Lincoln ja Prairie State.

Alueet

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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Chicagossa on kaksi suurta lentokenttää, O'Hare sekä Midway. Esimerkiksi SAS ja Lufthansa lentävät O'Haren kentälle Euroopasta.

Springfieldissä sekä St. Louisissa on myös lentokenttä.

Junalla

Autolla


Bussilla

Laivalla

Liiku

Liikkuminen on helpointa autolla. Chicagon lähellä on hyvä varautua tietulleihin (toll highway), mutta suurin osa teistä on ilmaisia.

Puhu

Illinois'ssa puhutaan englantia.

Syö

  • Juustokakku
  • Hot dogit
  • Deep dish pizza

Juo

Pysy turvassa

St. Louisin itäosat ovat erityisen turvatonta seutua. Myös Chicagossa on vaarallisia alueita. Muilta osin Illinois on turvallinen osavaltio tornadoita lukuun ottamatta.

Modèle:Sijainti Modèle:Runko Illinois — lausutaan Illinoi ilman ässää — on 21. Yhdysvaltojen 50 osavaltiosta. Se tunnetaan myös lempinimillä Land of Lincoln ja Prairie State.

Alueet

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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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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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


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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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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 Ex