MS Nordnorge has just arrived at the scene of the stricken Explorer.
The Hurtigruten owned cruiseliner received a message for assistance from MV Explorer, at approximately 06:00 Norwegian time.
MV Explorer is situated just east of King Georges Island, in the South Shetland Islands. The passengers and crew are currently on life-boats, and Zodiacs.
Reports say the weather conditions are relatively good, but it is cold.
Nordnorge will be “on-site-commander” which means she will be leading the rescue operation.
Co-ordination and overall responsibility for the rescue operation is with the rescue centre MRCC (Chile) in Valparaiso.
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