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MV Explorer passengers spend second night on remote King George Island

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On November - 24 - 2007

Chilean Eduardo Frei Montalva Antarctic Research StationHalf the passengers rescued from the MV Explorer, which sank in the Antarctic Ocean, are to spend a second night on a remote island after bad weather hampered efforts to fly them out. According to Toronto-based tour company GAP Adventures, planes sent to take the 100 passengers had difficulty landing on King George Island, a remote Chilean island that lies just 60 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula. Around 50 of the 100 passengers were scheduled to leave on a Chilean air force Hercules C130 transport plane at around 9:30 am EST time, but a GAP spokesman said the second half of the passengers would be picked up tomorrow, weather permitting.

Passengers have been staying at the Chilean Eduardo Frei Montalva Antarctic Research Station.

GAP Explorer sinking off Antarctica (Photo courtesy of Chilean Navy via AP) There has been an increase in cruise ships visiting the Antarctic every year for the last 15 years. Last year about 35,000 people visited the region, almost all of them by cruise ship.

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Read ExpertCruiser’s earlier coverage of the sinking of the MV Explorer.

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