Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2023
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Cruise ship stuck in Greenland for three days successfully rescued | World | News

A luxury cruise ship, the MV Ocean Explorer, which was stuck in mud in Greenland for three days with 206 people on board, was finally freed today.

A fisheries research vessel helped with the rescue at high tide, and the operation was coordinated by the Joint Arctic Command.

No one on board was injured during the drama, and the rescue managed to both avoid harming the environment and the vessel, according to its owner, SunStone Ships.

SunStone Ships said in a statement: “There have not been any injuries to anybody onboard, no pollution of the environment and no breach of the hull.”

The ship will now go to a port for damage assessment, and passengers will be flown home. The tour company, Aurora Expeditions, is yet to comment.

The ship ran aground in Northeast Greenland National Park, a vast icy area. It’s a long way from the nearest town, Ittoqqortoormiit, and even further from the capital, Nuuk.

The cruise ship had hundreds passengers on board from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the UK, and the US.

It is unique with its submarine-like design, 77 cabins, and restaurants.

Three passengers were found to have Covid-19 earlier on Thursday.

The plan is for the ship to head to Iceland, which has big ports nearby, said Cmdr. Brian Jensen of the Joint Arctic Command.

SunStone Ships thanked other vessels that offered help and had extra tugs on standby, but they weren’t needed.

Greenland’s stunning landscapes attract many cruise ships, with 400 visiting in 2022 and 600 in 2023, as reported by Danish broadcaster DR.

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