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American Cruise Lines River Cruise Aground in Kentucky

An American Cruise Lines river cruise with more than 160 people on board is aground near Canton, Kentucky.

Reports say the ship has been aground since Wednesday, when it strayed from the main shipping and planted itself on a sand bar in just feet of water.

The Coast Guard was notified on Thursday and reports that the American Jazz is aground near mile marker 62 on the Cumberland River outside the ship channel with 120 passengers and 54 crew.

No damage, pollution, or injuries have been reported.

“Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders received a call Thursday morning from American Cruise Lines stating their vessel American Jazz ran aground. A Coast Guard Station Paducah 29foot Special Purpose CraftShallow Water boat crew along with a Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Paducah marine investigator were launched to the scene,” the Coast Guard said in an update.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with American Cruise Lines to establish a salvage plan to dislodge the cruise vessel.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

A statement from American Cruise Lines said the American Jazz is on a seven night “Music Cities Cruise” from Memphis to Nashville.

The opinions expressed herein are the author’s and not necessarily those of News2Sea.



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