Norwegian Dawn Runs Aground Near Bermuda After Brief Power Loss
(Photo of the Norwegian Dawn courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.)
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn temporarily lost power and ran aground after departing King’s Wharf, Bermuda, at about 5 p.m. Eastern time May 19.
“The ship’s propulsion was affected and, at which time, the vessel made contact with the channel bed,” Norwegian said in a statement. “All guests and crew are safe. The ship has full power and onboard services continue as scheduled.”
The U.S. Coast Guard said “the situation is stable at the moment” with no signs of injuries, flooding or pollution. The watertight doors are closed, Petty Officer LaNola Stone told TravelPulse.
The Coast Guard sent two tug boats and a dive team to assist. Stone, a public information officer at the Coast Guard’s District 1 office in Boston, said the ship was carrying 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members.
It was not clear where exactly the Norwegian Dawn ran aground — some reports said it was just a few miles from Bermuda — but the Coast Guard’s District 1 office was involved since the ship is based in Boston this summer.
It was not immediately known whether the ship could be nudged or floated free or whether there was damage. “The ship’s team is currently assessing the situation and we will provide more information as it becomes available,” Norwegian’s statement said.
Passengers began tweeting from the ship. Here are a few samples:
I'm currently on a Norwegian Cruise line ship called the Norwegian Dawn that has ran into a coral reef and has stopped moving.— Rachel Hansen (@Rachel_Hansen12) May 19, 2015
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