Distress in Antarctica: Cruise Ship Faces 30-Foot Waves

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When the power went out and the ship’s windows shattered, passengers suddenly cared a lot less about their en-suite marble bathrooms.

The MV Clelia II luxury expedition liner encountered rough weather on the morning of Dec. 7 as it headed back to Argentina from Antarctica. When a massive wave hit the ship, it caused a temporary loss of communications and knocked out one of its engines. As this amateur video footage shows, the powerful waves and 55 mph winds sent the ship rocking—and likely induced more than a few bouts of sea sickness.

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The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, which operates the Clelia II, said in a statement that it “is in no danger, with weather conditions improving as the ship heads back to Ushuaia, Argentina.” All 88 passengers are OK. One of the 77 crew members did, however, sustain a minor injury. The passengers include two Americans and 44 Filipinos. (via The Telegraph)