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Private enterprise in Antarctica: a cruise ship received several bullet holes

December 5 2008

Argentinian luxury cruise liner "Ushuaia" ran aground off the coast of Antarctica. As a result of collision with the ice boat got holes, then in some sections of leaked water.

On board the ship are 122 people. Currently the vessel is in distress, 300 km from the Argentine Antarctic base "Comodoro Marambio.

As reported by the press director of the National Institute of Antarctic Mariano Memolli, "Wounded no, no threat of flooding." He noted that the rescue ship in a hurry the other two tourist liners, which were in relative proximity. As expected, the first of them will be able to begin the evacuation of passengers in about 7 hours. Memolli also noted that the scene of the accident sent the aircraft the Navy of Argentina, but he will not be able to land his job is to assess the situation.

Argentine reporters to contact the ship captain Jorge Aldegeri, who confirmed that the lives of 89 passengers and 33 crew members are safe. "Everybody feels great, we conduct activities in accordance with the plan of action in an emergency situation", - said the captain of the liner, which is broadcast on Vesti.

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