Spanish ice breaker to the rescue of cruise ship

Nov 28, 2006
Author: P&S


A Spanish Navy ice breaker rescued a small cruise ship last week after the passenger ship ran aground in Whalers’ Bay in the South Shetlands, South Atlantic.

The cruise ship, the 4,250-ton Lyubov Orlova with 150 passengers on board was visiting Deception Island in the South Shetlands when she went aground. After transmitting a radio message for help the Spanish ice breaker Las Palmas, which is on duty in the Antarctic, hastened to the scene. Tow lines were placed on board the Lyubov Orlova and on the next high tide the cruise ship was successfully pulled clear.

The cruise ship suffered no apparent damage and was able to steam unassisted towards Ushuaia where passengers were flown to Buenos Aires.


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