Cruise ship carrying thousands runs aground — RT World News

The Norwegian Escape was traveling to the United States and the British Virgin Islands when it encountered problems

A cruise ship carrying around 3,000 tourists ran aground off the Dominican Republic on Monday, officials said, after encountering problems shortly after departing Puerto Plata port.

The Norwegian Escape also had around 1,600 crew on board when it struggled to fight “strong winds of 30 knots” which left him requiring tug support to free him, Vice Admiral Ramon Gustavo Betances Hernandez said.

Additional tugs were dispatched on Monday night to help with the salvage effort, with the Vice Admiral using the high tide to enable them to bring the cruise ship to safety. No damage was reported despite the incident.

Footage shared on social media shows the ship was released at 00:45 local time (4:45 GMT), with one passenger posting: “Congratulations to Captain Giovanni and the amazing deck officers for working hard, fast and above all, safe.”

The cruise ship, which is around 326 meters long and weighs 165,000 tonnes, was traveling to the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands before heading to the Bahamas. It was built in 2015 in Germany and is one of the largest ships in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet.

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