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M/S Explorer Hits Ice and Sinks

On Friday, November 23, 2007 the Canadian cruise ship “M/S Explorer” began taking on water after hitting submerged ice off of Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands. 154 tourists and crew abandoned ship into lifeboats, and were later picked up by the Norwegian liner Nordnorge, that took them safely to a Chilean air force base on King George Island in South America.

The Explorer was owned by Susan Hayes of G.A.P. Adventures of Toronto, a tour company that leads eco-friendly cruises. The Explorer was in the middle of a 19-day trip around Antarctica and the Falkland Islands when the incident occurred.

The Explorer listed to it’ starboard side shortly after the collision and by Friday evening had sunk. No injuries were reported.