Third attempt fails to free luxury cruise ship that ran aground in Greenland | ET REALITY


The operator of a Luxury cruise ship that ran aground in Greenland with 206 people on board said Thursday that at least three passengers have contracted Covid-19. The announcement came after a third failed attempt to free the cruise ship, after a fisheries research vessel attempted to free the vessel during high tide on Wednesday.

“These passengers are currently in isolation. They are being cared for by our onboard doctor, our medical team and our crew, and are doing well,” Australia-based Aurora Expeditions said in a statement. The others aboard the MV Ocean Explorer were “safe and healthy,” she added.

The Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald quoted an Australian retiree, Steven Fraser, who is on the ship, as saying: “Everyone is in good spirits. “It’s a little frustrating, but we’re in a beautiful part of the world.”

Fraser told the newspaper that he himself had contracted Covid-19 on the ship.

Third attempt fails to free the luxury cruise ship MV Ocean Explorer that ran aground in Greenland
The Ocean Explorer in northwest Greenland on Tuesday. SIRIUS / Joint Arctic Command / AP

The cruise ship ran aground Monday above the Arctic Circle in Alpefjord, which is located in Northeast Greenland National Park, the world’s northernmost national park.

The park is almost the size of France and Spain combined, and approximately 80% is permanently covered by a sheet of ice. Alpefjord is located about 149 miles from the nearest settlement, Ittoqqortoormiit, which in turn is almost 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) from the country’s capital, Nuuk.

“Unfortunately, the attempt (to free the ship) was not successful,” said the Danish Joint Arctic Command, which is coordinating the operation.

Earlier this week, the cruise ship made two unsuccessful attempts to float freely on its own during high tide.

In a statement, Arctic Command said its “first priority” was for its largest inspection ship, Knud Rasmussen, to arrive on scene, and said the ship was expected to arrive on Friday night after it had to “ “Slow down a little” on your way because of the weather. .

The Bahamian-flagged cruise ship has passengers from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. She has an inverted bow, shaped like a submarine, 77 cabins, 151 beds for passengers and 99 beds for the crew, and several restaurants.

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