Last 77 survivors of Antarctic ship sinking airlifted to South America

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The last group of survivors from the Antarctic cruise ship that struck an iceberg and sank are back on the South American mainland.

A Chilean military transport plane has ferried the final 77 of the 154 passengers to Chile's southernmost city. All had been rescued from the sinking MS Explorer on Friday.

The first 77 survivors were flown back to an air base yesterday.

The MS Explorer smashed into submerged sea ice in Antarctic waters before dawn on Friday. The ship took on water and sank about 15 hours later.

All on board made it into lifeboats and were rescued by a passing Norwegian cruise ship.

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