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Cruise ship carrying 105 aground in Antarctica
Updated: 2009-02-18 17:16

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- A cruise ship with 64 passengers and 41 crew members aboard ran aground near an Argentine base in Antarctica on Tuesday, but there were no risks to the people aboard, the Argentine navy and the ship's operator reported.

The Ocean Nova, a Bahamas flagged cruiser with 104 people aboard which conducted a tour of Antarctica, is seen stranded near the Argentine San Martin base February 17, 2009. [Agencies]

The Bahaman-flagged Ocean Nova ran aground about one mile (two kilometers) from the San Martin base, pushed by "extremely high winds" into craggy rocks, Quark Expeditions president Patrick Shaw told The Associated Press.

The Norwalk, Connecticut, company that operates the 240-foot long (73-meter) Danish-built ship said in a news release that "an initial assessment of damage indicated that there was no imminent danger and no threat to lives."

"There is no sign of leakage of any kind from the vessel," the company added.

Among the passengers and crew were 21 Americans, 18 Filipinos, 17 Britons, seven Canadians, seven Australians, four Germans, five Irish, five South Africans, three Dutch, three New Zealanders, three Danish, two Argentines and one each from Switzerland, Romania, the Ukraine, Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Russia, Indonesia and Honduras.

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