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Aurora man stuck on ship finally on way home from Antarctic

Robert A. Bonifas. president CEO Alarm DetectiSystems Inc. Aurora.

Robert A. Bonifas. president and CEO of Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. in Aurora.

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An Aurora man who’s been stuck on a ship in the Antarctic is a day closer to kissing dry land.

“We expect him in the office Wednesday afternoon,” said Debbie Bonifas, assistant and sister-in-law to Bob Bonifas. Bonifas is scheduled to land in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday and to be back in Aurora on Wednesday.

Bonifas, 74, founder of Alarm Detection Systems in Aurora, and Janis Christiansen, president of FlagSource in Batavia, were stranded on a ship in port at South Georgia Island near the Antarctic Peninsula for more than a week.

The 74 passengers and 21 crew members on board were transferred to a new ship Wednesday, according to Oceanwide Expeditions. That ship sailed from Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Bonifas and Christiansen were on the Plancius, a 291-foot former oceanographic research vessel and cruise ship that travels to remote areas in the Atlantic Ocean.

The ship made it into port on April 10, but could go no further after a power loss. It was docked in Grytviken in King Edward Cove on South Georgia Island, a British scientific station.

Bonifas said last week that once he lands in Uruguay, he’ll do two things: “Get down and kiss the ground and go have a great big drink.”

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