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8/10/2007

Tourists hurt after Arctic glacier breaks

OSLO, Norway - Ice broke off a glacier and hit a ship of British tourists sightseeing off a set of remote Arctic islands, injuring 18 people, police and the tour operator said Thursday.
Four people, two with serious injuries, were flown to a hospital on the Norwegian mainland after the accident Wednesday night on the Alexey Maryshev, a Russian research vessel converted into a luxury tour boat, said Jan Tommervold, a deputy sheriff on the Svalbard Islands.
He said the other 14 injured people were taken to a local hospital. Photo: The Russian cruise ship Alexej Maryshev, seen in this undated file photo, was hit by large pieces of ice from a glacier in the Hornsund fjord.


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