Icebreaker Aurora Australis runs aground in Antarctica during heavy blizzard

(9:30 a.m. EST) — Aurora Australis, the icebreaker that was involved in the rescue of passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy expedition ship in December 2013, has itself run aground in Antarctica with 67 crew onboard.

No cruise passengers are traveling on the ship.

The ship broke from its moorings while re-supplying in Horseshoe Harbour on Wednesday (EST). The Australian Antarctic Division are responding to the incident and have confirmed all crew safe, stating on Twitter: “All on board the Aurora Australis are safe and well, the ship remains watertight. The blizzard is forecast to continue overnight.” No update is expected from the crew until Thursday morning.

Owned by P&O Maritime Services, sister company of P&O Cruises, the Australian ship had been undertaking marine research in Kerguelen Plateau since it departed from Hobart, Tasmania, on January 11, 2016.

In January 2014, the 52 passengers from MV Academic Shokalskiy were helicoptered to safety onboard the Aurora Australis.

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