dimanche 26 novembre 2006
One hundred and fifty passengers on board a Malta flagged cruise vessel, which was grounded in Antarctica on Monday night, were rescued by a Spanish Navy icebreaker currently on support duty in Antarctica.
The 4,500-ton Lyubov Orlova was visiting Deception Island in the south Shetlands when it run aground in Whalers’ Bay. The captain immediately radioed for help and the distress call was picked up by Las Palmas anchored next to the Spanish Army base “Gabriel de Castilla”.
Las Palmas sailed to the spot and, after making an assessment of the situation, waited for the high tide and begun towing activities that were successfully concluded eight hours later.
Lyubov Orlova returned under its own steam to Ushuaia and passengers were flown back to Buenos Aires.
This is not the first time the Spanish Oceanographic Research vessel has been involved in similar rescue operations : in 1989 she helped Argentine icebreaker Bahía Paraíso which was grounded in Arthur Bay in Antarctica.
Voir en ligne : independent.com.mt