Cruise Ship That Ran Aground In Greenland With 206 Passengers Onboard Finally Freed

This week, a luxury cruise vessel reportedly ran aground in a remote area of Greenland with 206 individuals on board. The cruise ship has been successfully pulled free with the aid of a fishing trawler on Thursday.

The Ocean Explorer cruise vessel had been stranded in mud and silt in the Alpefjord National Park since Monday, nearly 1,400 km northeast of Nuuk, Greenland’s capital.

Ocean Explorer cruise vessel
Credits: ARKTISK KOMMANDO – Joint Arctic Command / Facebook

They were elated on being finally free, said Gina Hill, an Australian guest on the vessel, informed Reuters on Thursday.

Hill said that the Ocean Explorer happened to lean to the side at the time of operation, and guests were not permitted to go outside.

Joint Arctic Command of the Denmark military further confirmed that the vessel had been pulled free by the Tarajoq, a trawler and a research vessel that made a futile attempt to do so on Wednesday.

The Ocean Explorer will be taken to a port to assess the damages, while guests will be flown home, mentioned SunStone Maritime Group, which owns the cruise vessel.

There haven’t been injuries to anyone on board, no contamination of the environment, or breach of the hull, SunStone reported in its statement.

Sydney’s Aurora Expeditions, which chartered the vessel and organized the cruise, did not respond to requests for comments immediately.

Greenland, Denmark’s semi-sovereign territory in the North Atlantic Ocean with a population of 57,000, appeals to tourists with the rugged landscape and a massive ice cap covering a significant portion of the island.

References: CBS News, Reuters

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