Rescue ship -- icebreaker CCGS AMUNDSEN. Photo under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license by Tatiana Pichugina

CLIPPER ADVENTURER (ex ALLA TARASOVA), a 1975-built passenger ship with 128 passengers and 69 crew members on board, has run aground on an uncharted rock in the Arctic Ocean while on a cruise through the Northwest Passage. No injuries were reported and the passengers have been transferred to Kugluktuk, a former copper mine town of about 1,300 souls in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut, Canada.

Operated by Adventure Canada, the ship is described as an A-1 ice class ship for unrestricted passenger service. The 330 foot vessel ran around on Friday August 27, and several attempts have been made to free her while the passengers remained on board.  Today, the Canadian Coast Guard evacuated the passengers using the icebreaker AMUNDSEN. From the hamlet of Kugluktuk, passengers will be then flown to Edmonton, Canada.

Efforts to free the ship, which remains upright and in calm weather will continue.


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