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Norwegian Dawn Runs Aground After Losing Power in Bermuda's King's Wharf

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In this undated image is shown The Norwegian Dawn on the Hudson River near New York City. (Norwegian Cruise Line via Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 02:00 PM

The Norwegian Dawn cruise ship ran aground in Bermuda Tuesday afternoon when the boat lost power departing King’s Wharf.

Cruise line officials said the 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members aboard are safe, ABC News reported.

“The ship's propulsion was affected and, at which time, the vessel made contact with the channel bed,” Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement. “All guests and crew are safe. The ship has full power and onboard services continue as scheduled.”

After regaining power, the boat was floated and moved to a nearby position to anchor for the night.

Passengers described the grounding as “pretty unsettling.”

“My family and I were sitting down having dinner and we felt a sudden stop in the cruise ship,” passenger Rachel Hansen told ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston, where the cruise started its voyage. “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.”

Receiving word of the grounding, a Coast Guard official told ABC a tugboat and divers were sent to assess the situation.

Hansen posted a photo of the tug boat pulling the Norwegian Dawn on Twitter.



According to CNN, by 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, the ship had docked at the Atlantic island’s Heritage Wharf, spokesman Jason Lesecki said.

The vessel is undergoing a complete assessment before returning to Boston. Passengers may further explore Bermuda or remain on the ship during this time.

The grounding is the second incident this week for the Norwegian Cruise Line. Sunday afternoon, a 10-year-old girl drowned in the swimming pool aboard the Norwegian Gem, The Associated Press reported.

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