Cruise ship runs aground in Bermuda

The ship, with 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew-members aboard, reportedly lost power leaving the dock and ran aground on a reef. Boats were launched from the ship to assess any damage and local tugs were standing by to try to pull the vessel off the reef as soon as divers finish inspecting the hull for damage.

“She is well up in the bow… she is not going anywhere,” reported one local resident.

So far no water has been reported as entering the ship.

UPDATE: According to local reports, the Norwegian Dawn was refloated at 11:10 pm local time.

UPDATE 2: Shawn Crockwell, Minister of Tourism Development and Transport, issued a statement confirming that, following its departure from King’s Wharf in Dockyard on Tuesday afternoon, the cruise ship Norwegian Dawn ran aground while transiting the North Channel.

“There are 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members on board. There were no reported injuries, the vessel remained stable, and there was no intake of water or pollution threat,” said Crockwell.

“Efforts were made to refloat the ship at high tide around 10:26pm ADT. The Government tugboats were on hand to assist and the ship was successfully refloated shortly after 11 p.m. She will remain anchored overnight and a hull survey will be carried out in the morning,” he said.

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