Ship Sinks in Antarctica

PUNTA ARENAS, Chile (AP) _ The first 77 survivors from a Canadian cruise liner that struck an iceberg in the night and sank off Antarctica are back on the South American mainland.

A Chilean air force plane flew the first group of the 154 passengers and crew.

The rest are scheduled to be flown out tomorrow.

The passengers and crew had to spend hours bobbing in life rafts on chilly seas before a Norwegian cruise ship plucked them up shivering but safe and took them to two military bases on King George Island for flights out.

The MS Explorer struck ice yesterday, took on water and dropped beneath the waves more than 15 hours later.


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