Successful Rescue After Boat Sinks in Greenland

file photo of Ilulissat

By MarEx 2016-08-16 20:57:30

A boat carrying 23 cruise-ship passengers and three crew members sank in Greenland on Sunday.

Everyone on board the locally hired power boat was rescued by nearby local boats, as well as by inflatable boats belonging to their cruise ship, the L’Austral, which was located some 100 meters away, reports The Arctic Journal.

“Everyone was saved, and they are doing okay. All of the passengers are back on their ship,” said Sebastian Bech, acting police commissioner in Ilulissat.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation. However it appears that no other vessel was involved, and some have proposed that the boat hit something in the water before sinking. 

The incident took place in Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland’s most-visited tourist destination.  

The L’Austral is a French-flagged cruise ship operated by Compagnie du Ponant.