- The luxury vessel ran aground in remote eastern Greenland.
- There have been no reports of injuries and everyone on board is “safe and well”.
- A fish trawler’s attempt to free the luxury cruise ship has failed.
The Ocean Explorer has since Monday been stuck in mud and silt in the Alpefjord national park, 1400km northeast of Greenland’s capital Nuuk, the JAC said.
Fishing vessel’s failed attempt to free the cruise ship
The large trawler sought to pull the cruise ship free during Wednesday’s high tide but the attempt ultimately failed, the JAC said.
“The crew and passengers are in a difficult situation but under the circumstances the atmosphere on the ship is good and everyone on board is doing well,” the JAC said.
What happens next?
“If everything goes well, they will help the ship get out of this emergency that they’re in at this moment. But it depends on how everything looks when they arrive on Friday so we need to see how it goes,” a JAC spokesperson said.
Captain Flemming Madsen of the JAC told the Associated Press that the passengers and crew on the ship were doing fine and “all I can say is that they got a lifetime experience”.
Greenland, a semi-sovereign territory of Denmark in the North Atlantic Ocean with a population of just 57,000, attracts tourists with its rugged landscape and a vast ice cap that covers much of the island.