Titanic jokes helped Antarctic cruise ship survivors counter fear

November 25th, 2007 - 2:36 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 25 (ANI): Passengers, who survived the shipwreck of cruise liner Explorer, have revealed that they countered their fear by cracking jokes about the original Titanic disaster in 1912.

The tourists disclosed their Titanic moment when they were set floating in darkness in lifeboats and rubber dinghies after the ship was holed below the water line.

They said that they fought their panic by saying jokes about the worlds biggest passenger liner that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage and sank with the loss of 1,490 lives.

We didnt panic because we knew there must be other cruise ships in the area. The bizarre thing was that people began to tell Titanic jokes, said Bob Flood, a scientific journal editor and ornithologist from the Scilly Isles who had joined the PS4,000-a-head cruise to give lectures about birds such as the albatross and the storm petrel.

The MS Explorer was headed to Antarctica from its port in Ushuaia, Argentina, when it hit floating ice on Nov 23.

All 154 passengers and crew spent hours bobbing in life rafts on chilly seas before a Norwegian cruise ship plucked them up shivering but safe and took them to two military bases on King George Island for flights out.

A Chilean air force plane flew the first 77 survivors to the South American mainland Saturday from the island 660 miles south of here. The rest were to be flown out on Nov 25.

The Explorer finally sank to the icy depths on Nov 24, 75 miles north of Antarctica. (ANI)

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