A Norwegian Cruise Line ship ran aground off Bermuda Tuesday after temporarily losing power, the company said in a statement.
The incident happened as the Norwegian Dawn was departing King's Wharf around 5:00 p.m. ET. The company said the ship's propulsion was affected by the temporary power outage and the ship "made contact with the channel bed."
Norwegian #Dawn hits a reef hard, just off Bermuda. http://t.co/dnIrl60qpo— Markets, Finance & more (@Markets, Finance & more)1432073499.0
All guests and crew were safe following the incident, Norwegian Cruise Line said.
Officials are currently assessing the situation and working to establish how they will move the vessel.
#Norwegiandawn Divers in wetsuits now. Looks like they are Heading for the bow of the ship. http://t.co/WNW17Imdi3— Markets, Finance & more (@Markets, Finance & more)1432078330.0
WCVB-TV reported that U.S. Coast Guard Officials said the Norwegian Dawn had 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members aboard.
One passenger recounted the experience to the news station.
"My family and I were sitting down having dinner and we felt a sudden stop in the cruise ship," passenger Rachel Hansen said. "The cruise captain, I assume, came on over the PA system and ordered a distress call, and a bunch of the crew that were serving us dinner sprinted out."
That's when they realized what was happening.
"We went to check on the upper deck, and we could see the coral reef that we had grounded on," Hansen told WCVB.
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