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Damaged Cruise Ship Limps to Shore

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(USHUAIA, Argentina) – A cruise ship is slowly making its way back to shore after a wave damaged one of its engines Tuesday, according to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operations.

The CLELIA II was on its return journey to Ushuaia, Argentina when a wave broke over the bridge of the vessel, causing an electrical outage that reduced power to the port engine.

None of the ship's 101 passengers, who are all from the United States, were injured. One of the 65 crew members, however, suffered minor injuries. 

The vessel has begun to make its way to shore at speeds around 3.2 knots, or about 5 mph.

CLELIA II encountered rough waters in the Drake Passage between the southern tip of South America and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. The ship’s captain said in his 159 travels along that route, he had never seen such weather.

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