A cruise ship with 206 passengers and crew members ran aground off the coast of Greenland on Monday, and three passengers also contracted covid-19. A Danish ship went to help, but the cruiser was successfully rescued today by a Greenlandic fishing vessel.
The Ocean Explorer ship is stuck in the mud off the rocky east coast of Greenland, about 1,400 kilometers northeast of the Greenlandic capital Nuuk. Since then, the passengers have been waiting for help, while three have contracted covid-19 and are waiting in isolation. All other people on board are safe and sound.
The crew tried several times to save the vessel themselves, but it was not possible due to the strong waves. The Greenland government-owned fishing research vessel Tarajoq also came to the rescue on Wednesday. It tried to push and move the passenger ship during the high tide, but failed to do so, CNN reported. Therefore, a larger Danish military vessel, the Knud Rasmussen, was sent to help in Copenhagen, but it has to sail about 2,200 kilometers to reach the passenger ship.
The Danish authorities then announced that the fishing vessel only managed to pull the cruiser out of the mud. No one was injured, and there was no damage to the environment.
The luxury cruise ship Ocean Explorer was built for expedition trips to the most remote destinations in the world, according to the website of Aurora Expeditions, which owns the vessel.