today after a cruise ship hit an iceberg in the Antarctic Ocean and began to sink. More than 150 passengers
and crew, including24 Britons, were loaded into lifeboats when the M/S Explorer collided with the ice close to King George Island.
Another ship, the Antarctic Dream, was diverted to pick up the survivors from the freezing waters. The Explorer was on a 19-day trip to Drake’s Passage when it hit the iceberg around 75miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Ship owners Gap Adventures said all passengers and crew had been evacuated safely. Spokeswoman Susan Hayes said: The M/S Explorer hit
a lump of ice off King George Island this morning and the impact left the vessel with a crack in the hull the size of a fist. All passengers and crew have been evacuated, they are all accounted for and are safe and well and have be
en transferred to another vessel. She said the ship began taking on water and developed an eight-degree list. Pumps were being used to prevent the ship from sinking. The captain and the chief officer remained on board while everyone was evacuated.