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Australians stranded on cruise ship to be brought home after pleas to PM

Australians stranded on cruise ship to be brought home after pleas to PM

A group of Australian travellers who have been stranded on a cruise ship in Uruguay will be brought home after they made a plea to Scott Morrison.

Australians stranded on cruise ship to be brought home after pleas to PM

In a statement, Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced the group of 127 people will be taken off the Ocean Atlantic cruise ship and flown home.

“The Australian government has been working closely with the Uruguayan Government and Chimu Adventures to get 127 Australians off the Ocean Atlantic cruise ship and onto a flight home,” read the statement.

“A charter flight operated by Chimu Adventures is scheduled for departure on Wednesday 1 April to carry Australian passengers back to Australia.”

It comes after the group created a video message in which they addressed Prime Minister Scott Morrison and begged to be brought home.

“Prime minister, we need you to act quickly, as we do not know how long we will be allowed to be moored at Montevideo and we don’t know what will happen to us after that,” a person said in the video.

“Our future is very uncertain.”

After a trip to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, the ship was supposed to dock at the Argentine city of Puerto Madryn, with passengers then to fly home from Buenos Aires.

When the ship was unable to stop at Puerto Madryn, it went on to the Port of Montevideo where some passengers were allowed to disembark but the Australians stayed on board.

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