The cruise ship ship “The Edge” was struck by a huge iceberg in the South Atlantic Ocean, with the ship’s captain, David B. Wolk, confirmed to ABC News that he was at the helm of the ship for about 45 minutes.
The ship is currently missing and is expected to sink if the iceberg continues to grow.
B.J. Wicks, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, told ABC News: “The ship has been off the grid for several hours and it is in very bad shape.”
He added that the Coast Guard has been conducting searches and looking for the ship.
Woks earlier told The Associated Press that the captain and his crew are at sea for three to four days, and that the ship has not been able to communicate with authorities.
He said the ship had been carrying some 1,200 people, and had lost contact with air traffic control after a storm caused a disruption in the area.
B.J., who is from California, has been at sea since July 4, when the ship was carrying a group of 200 people, but said he was not aware of any of them being aboard when the iceberg hit.
Wicks said the Coast Protection and Rescue Group has been monitoring the ship, but had not received any communication from the ship since it hit.
A Coast Guard spokesman told ABC that the vessel has been in “poor shape” since the weekend.
In a statement, the cruise line said: “Due to severe weather conditions, our crew has been operating on a limited capacity.
All passengers aboard The Edge have been accounted for and we are assisting with the rescue efforts.
“The Coast Guard will continue to monitor and assist with their efforts and are committed to ensuring all passengers aboard are accounted for.” “
The cruise line did not provide any additional details about the cause of the iceberg or when it could be returned to service. “
The Coast Guard will continue to monitor and assist with their efforts and are committed to ensuring all passengers aboard are accounted for.”
The cruise line did not provide any additional details about the cause of the iceberg or when it could be returned to service.
On Friday, the ship made its way back to its berth, but the Coast Guardship said it is still searching for the missing passengers.
“We are very thankful that the passengers are safe,” the Coastguard said in a statement.
“They will be brought safely aboard the ship when the weather improves.”