Ship carrying URI staff, students runs aground in the Arctic

By: News Staff


Twitter: @ABC6

KINGSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – University of Rhode Island (URI) officials and students on an expedition to the Canadian Arctic are safe after their ship ran aground Friday.

A ship carrying a team of scientists, students, and a film crew ran aground Friday during an expedition to the Arctic. Four members of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography community were on board the ship, including an ocean scientist, a graduate student, and two professional staff members.

The ship, called Akademik Ioffe, ran aground near a body of water in Nunavut, Canada at about 4:40 p.m. PST Friday. The vessel was floating again by Saturday morning.

URI announced Monday that all passengers aboard the ship are safe, and that no injuries or environmental concerns have been reported.

The passengers from URI were transferred to a sister vessel, Akademik Vavilov, on Saturday afternoon. Before returning home, they will first fly to Yellowknife and then Edmonton.

URI will continue to monitor the situation.

© WLNE-TV / ABC6 2018