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Cruise Ship Runs Aground in Virginia

Spirit of Nantucket
Spirit of Nantucket
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(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) - The Coast Guard is responding to a cruise ship that ran aground this morning after taking on water in the Intercoastal Waterway near the Pungo region of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The cruise ship Spirit of Nantucket with 66 people onboard notified the Coast Guard after the vessel began taking on water.

The captain of the vessel purposely ran it aground to prevent the ship from sinking.

An MH-60 Jayhawk Rescue Helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., is en-route with dewatering pumps.

Two 25-foot rescue crews and a 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station's Elizabeth City and Portsmouth, Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia State Police Department and a Chesapeake, Virginia, marine unit are also responding. Passengers have donned personal flotation devices for their safety.

The U.S. registered Spirit of Nantucket measures 207 feet long, 37 feet wide, and has a draft of eight feet.

Their are no reports on injuries.
Source: U.S. Coast Guard

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Kristen November 8, 2007 10:20 am (Pacific time)

This almost brings me to tears as I used to be a pastry chef onboard this ship and loved her and the crew. I have to add that the crew onboard is trained so well that we can thank the company, and no one was injured.

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