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Small Cruise Ship Spends Christmas Stuck in Ice Near Antarctica

Excerpt from ABC News

Dec 26, 2013 10:30 am

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We didn’t expect to end the year without hearing about at least one mishap from a holiday cruise. The small ship’s situation won’t impact the industry like earlier incidents, but shows that ships of all sizes and brands are susceptible to accidents at sea.

— Samantha Shankman

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Fifty-seven people spent Christmas aboard a cruise ship that has become stuck in the ice in a remote region off the coast of Antarctica and rescue vessels are at least two days away, Australian maritime officials told ABC News.

The Russian-operated Akademik Shokalskiy, an ice-strengthened vessel built in 1984 for oceanographic research, became stuck in the ice about 1,500 nautical miles from Hobart, Tasmania, and issued a satellite distress call early this morning, Andrea Hayward-Maher of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.

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