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Galapagos Aggressor I Runs Aground

equipment or human error? the Fleet’s not saying

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On June 13, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Galapagos Aggressor I ran aground on the rocky shoreline across from Cousins Rock, northeast of Santiago Island. Apparently, no one was badly hurt, but as you can see from the photo on the next page, the boat took quite a beating. And it wasn't long before scavengers went through the ship and dived around it, apparently carting off passengers' gear, electronics and other valuables. Because Aggressor Fleet officials refused to answer our requests for an interview, we've pieced together the story as best we could.

Homi Adajania, a film director and dive instructor based in India, was on board, and posted his tale on the ScubaBoard online forum. "After an amazing couple of days of diving around Wolf and Darwin Islands we headed back towards Santa Cruz. I was asleep in a lower-deck cabin when, at 2:30 a.m., rocks scraped the hull below us, creating an unbelievably loud sound and vibration throughout the vessel. When she finally came to a halt, she slowly started keeling over to the right, and stopped at about 40 degrees, after which she started filling with water. It was pitch black and no one could tell how far any land was. The crew was fantastic, and after much difficulty in deploying the lifeboat, all the guests got on and went in search for the closest vessel, which was the Deep Blue. I came later on the second lifeboat with the crew, as they tried to salvage as much as possible....

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