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Sinking Ship in Britain

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) _ More than 150 passengers and crew
who were rescued from a Canadian cruise ship are still stuck aboard
the Norwegian vessel that rescued them from the troubled vessel in
Antarctic waters today.

The rescue ship has now arrived in port, but high winds and
waves are keeping the people from disembarking.

Earlier today, they had to be plucked from life boats and rafts
after ice tore a fist-sized hole in their ship, the Explorer, and
it began slowly taking on water. The captain ordered passengers to
abandon ship about 90 minutes after the first distress call, as
onboard pumps were unable to do enough.

The Chilean air force says the Norwegian liner is now at an air
base on King George Island. The rescued passengers are expected to
stay there overnight before being flown to a city in southern Chile
tomorrow. But that all depends on the weather cooperating.

The captain of the Norwegian vessel says some of those rescued
were wet, but they were otherwise unhurt.

Officials say the 91 passengers included 13 Americans.


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