Antarctica Cruise Ship Runs Aground

Passengers onboard a cruise ship visiting Antarctica had to be evacuated after it ran aground on an uncharted rock north of Detaille Island at the Antarctic Peninsula on Monday.

The 4,998-ton Polar Star struck the rock while anchoring, the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators said in a statement. The 80 passengers onbaord the vessel include 32 Americans, nine Canadians and eight Australians.

"The captain reports there is no apparent oil spill outside the ship, but booms have been deployed as a precaution," the association says.

No one was injured in the incident, but an initial damage assessment shows the ship's outer hull was breached.

Rescue workers based at the Chilean port of Punto Arenas were evacuating the ship, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The ship, which flies the Bahamas flag, left the southern Argentine port of Ushuaia last week.

Another cruise ship visiting Antarctica, the Clelia II, was damaged in December when a massive 30-foot wave hit the ship and wiped out power and communications for a brief period of time.

Photo, John Dalkin, flickr

This article has been updated.
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