Fish Trawler Fails To Free Stranded Cruise Ship In Greenland

The tireless attempt of a fish trawler to free up a luxury cruise vessel that reportedly went aground two days back in a remote area of Greenland has been futile, leaving the ship and the 206 individuals on the vessel still stranded, Denmark’s armed forces mentioned on Wednesday.

Since Monday, the Ocean Explorer has been stuck in the Alpefjord National Park, about 1,400 km northeast of the capital of Greenland, Nuuk, Denmark’s military’s Joint Arctic Command (abbreviated JAC) said.

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The bigger trawler sought to pull the cruise vessel free during the high tide on Wednesday, but the attempt eventually failed, the JAC mentioned in a statement.

The armed forces personnel in Greenland have examined the Ocean Explorer and talked to those on the vessel, concluding that they were in stable condition.

The crew members and guests are in a challenging situation, but under the circumstances, the atmosphere on the vessel is favourable, and each one on board is doing fine, the JAC declared.

The JAC stated that the Danish navy’s Knud Rasmussen vessel would likely reach the Alpefjord site on Friday at noon.

If all goes well, they will help the vessel get out of the emergency they are in at the moment. But it depends on how things start looking when they reach on Friday, so it can be seen how it goes, a JAC spokesperson explained.

The guests and crew members stayed safe on board, the Australian cruise operator named Aurora Expeditions mentioned earlier.

There isn’t any immediate danger, the ship or the surrounding environment, Sydney-based firm Aurora mentioned in a statement.

Photographs captured by the Danish military reflected the Ocean Explorer in calm waters upright with the shining sun.

Greenland, Denmark’s semi-sovereign territory with a population of 57,000, appeals to tourists with its rugged landscape and a massive ice cap that spans much of the island.

References: Reuters, The Print, ABC News

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