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Falling ice causes injuries on arctic cruise – 10 Aug 2007

Seventeen British tourists were injured during an arctic cruise when fragments of a polar glacier fell into the sea near their vessel.

The cruise was organised by specialist tour company Discover the World.

Some passengers were airlifted to hospital in Norway, while others were treated for minor injuries on the island of Spitsbergen, in the Svalbard archipelago.

Although some passengers suffered broken arms and legs, fractured ribs and head injuries, none of which were thought to be life threatening.

Discover the World sold the cruise run by Dutch operator Oceanwide Expeditions. Local police are investigating whether the vessel, Alexey Maryshev, had sailed to close the Horn Glacier.

Discover the World said it had given the captain strict instructions on how close to sail to the glacier. An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the incident.

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