The Chilean Navy has confirmed that the 1969-built 401-passenger capacity cruise ship M/S Explorer finally sank some 20 hours after a predawn accident near Antarctica's South Shetland Islands, according to CNN and other reports
A statement from the vessel's owner, G.A.P. Adventures, earlier today said:
All passengers and crew, including the captain of M/S Explorer, are completely safe, uninjured and good spirits. They are currently at King George Island where they will be spending the night.
There were 100 passengers (including G.A.P Adventures expedition staff) and 54 crew aboard The M/S Explorer when it hit submerged ice off its starboard side in the Bransfield Strait off King George Island, Antarctica earlier today (03:20 GMT, Friday 23 November 2007).
The passengers onboard at the time were 2 Argentines, 10 Australians, 2 Belgians, 24 British nationals, 12 Canadians, 1 Chinese national, 3 Danes, 17 Dutch, 1 French, 1 German, 2 from Hong Kong, 4 Irish, 1 Japanese, 4 Swiss, 14 Americans, 1 Colombian and 1 Swede. The captain of the ship is Swedish and the majority of the crew are understood to be from the Philippines.The crew onboard M/S Explorer consist of 45 Filipinos, 4 Swedes, 2 Bulgarians, 2 New Zealanders, and 1 Pole.