Kapitan Khlebnikov icebreaker accidents and incidents
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- propulsion/power loss – 2009 (stuck in ice in Antarctica)
|15 November 2009||Propulsion / Power Loss|
On November 15, 2009, the icebreaker carrying 105 passengers plus 79 crew got stuck in sea ice in Antarctica. The accident occurred during 13-day roundtrip cruise from Ushuaia Argentina (itinerary November 3-16) in Weddell Sea, approx 5 ml (8 km) off Snow Hill Island (Antarctic Peninsula's eastern coast). Most passengers were UK citizens. Three of them were BBC film crew working on the documentary "Frozen Planet" (broadcasted in 2011).
Due to bad weather (strong winds and pack ice), the sea became impossible for the vessel to navigate through. All passengers and the crew were in no danger. Between Nov 15-20, the ship remained stranded, waiting for the weather to change. On November 20, it finally managed to break free of the ice, and on November 22 arrived back in Ushuaia.
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