"Three people on board a cruise ship run aground in Greenland’s Alpefjord
national park have Covid-19, the ship’s operator, Australia-based Aurora
Expeditions, has confirmed, but a passenger aboard says everybody remains in
The Australian-operated Ocean Explorer, which is carrying 206 passengers and
crew, ran aground while touring the national park on Monday, around 1,400km
north-east of Greenland’s capital Nuuk.
Aurora Expeditions said in a statement the three passengers are currently in
isolation and are “doing well”. They are being looked after by an onboard
doctor and medical team.
The 104 metre-long ship, which departed from Norway on 1 September and runs
until 22 September, remained stuck in mud and silt on Thursday after an attempt
by a fishing trawler to free the luxury cruise ship at high-tide on Wednesday
Cmdr Brian Jensen of the Danish navy’s joint Arctic command said that a naval
vessel was en route to assist freeing the boat and was expected to arrive as
soon as on Friday.
“A cruise ship in trouble in the national park is obviously a worry. The
nearest help is far away, our units are far away, and the weather can be very
unfavourable,” Cmdr Brian Jensen of the Danish navy’s joint Arctic command said
in a statement on Tuesday.
“However, in this specific situation, we do not see any immediate danger to
human life or the environment, which is reassuring,” he added.
Australia-based Aurora Expeditions which operates the ship, said that all
passengers and and crew were safe. Many of the passengers are believed to be
Australian, along with a mix of tourists from other countries including New
Zealand, Britain, the United States and South Korea."
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