A cruise ship with 206 passengers and crew on board has run aground in northwestern Greenland and rescue won’t arrive till Friday on the earliest, authorities mentioned.
The Ocean Explorer ran aground on Monday in Alpefjord in a nationwide park some 1,400km (870 miles) northeast of Greenland’s capital Nuuk, the Danish navy’s Joint Arctic Command (JAC) mentioned.
“A cruise ship in hassle within the nationwide park is clearly a fear. The closest assist is way away, our models are distant, and the climate might be very unfavourable,” JAC head of operations Commander Brian Jensen mentioned within the assertion.
He mentioned the closest Danish navy ship was round 1,200 nautical miles (greater than 2,000km or 1,380 miles) away, including it was heading to the positioning and wouldn’t attain the grounded ship till Friday on the earliest.
“Nevertheless, on this particular state of affairs, we don’t see any rapid hazard to human life or the surroundings, which is reassuring,” he added.
Authorities have been in touch with one other cruise ship within the space and it has been requested to stay close by to help in case the state of affairs modifications.
The grounded cruise ship may additionally get free by itself when the tide is excessive, Greenland tv KNR reported.
However in a while Tuesday the JAC mentioned on its Fb web page the ship was nonetheless caught regardless of the tide.
“Regardless, a very powerful factor for us is that everybody will get to security,” Mr Jensen mentioned.
A spokesperson for Australian cruise operator Aurora Expeditions mentioned everybody on board was secure and properly.
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The Ocean Explorer was accomplished in 2021 and may accommodate as much as 134 passengers.
It provides journeys to “a few of the most wild and distant locations on the planet”, Aurora Expeditions mentioned on its web site.
Greenland is a semi-independent territory that’s a part of the Danish realm.