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Utahn Aboard Sinking Ship Near Antarctica

Utahn Aboard Sinking Ship Near Antarctica



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AP Photo / Chile Air ForceRandall Jeppesen, KSL Newsradio

A Utahn is among the passengers that were aboard a cruise adventure ship that hit an iceberg and is sinking in the Antarctic Ocean.

A phone call woke Robert Paisola early this morning. It was a family member letting him know that his sister and aunt were on a sinking ship in the Antarctic.

The good news was they all made it to the life boats. "They were in a small, little rowboat for five hours in 23 degree weather, so hypothermia did set in," Paisola explained.

Passengers from the Liberian-flagged Explorer cruise ship are transported on lifeboats after their ship, unseen, hit an object and began to sink in Antarctic waters, Friday, Nov. 23, 2007.(AP Photo/Chile Air Force)
Passengers from the Liberian-flagged Explorer cruise ship are transported on lifeboats after their ship, unseen, hit an object and began to sink in Antarctic waters, Friday, Nov. 23, 2007.(AP Photo/Chile Air Force)

He says his sister was able to make a satellite call letting them know she was OK.

"All I care about is that they have food, that they have water, that they are OK," Paisola said.

The family is now trying to figure out how to get the sister and aunt home once they reach land in Chile.

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