Norwegian Cruise Ship That Run Aground In Bermuda Gets Refloated, No Injuries To 3500 Passengers
The cruise ship Norwegian Dawn that ran aground near Bermuda on Tuesday has been refloated. All 3,500 passengers were safe and sustained no injuries.
The high tide expected that evening aided the ship to refloat. Norwegian Dawn said in a statement late Tuesday that the ship will be moved to a nearby anchorage position where it will remain overnight. It will then be thoroughly inspected on Wednesday before it returns to Boston.
Company officials said the ship suffered a “temporary malfunction of its steering system.” It then lost control and run aground off the coast of Bermuda, hitting a reef. The ship had just left King’s Wharf, Bermuda that time and was on its way back to Boston.
“The ship’s propulsion was affected and, at which time, the vessel made contact with the channel bed,” the company said.
The ship carried a total of 2,443 passengers and 1,059 crew members. Passenger Rachel Hansen told The Associated Press it was dinner time when the incident happened. She said she felt the ship shudder for 30 seconds to a minute before it came to a sudden stop.
Passengers then became stressed but crew members maintained composure and did everything they could to calm their guests. Eventually, hours progressed into the evening routine where the ship still pushed through their planned entertainment shows, Hansen said.
The Norwegian Dawn is 965 feet long and weighs 92,000 tons.