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Cruise West ship grounded and taking on water near Virgina Beach

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On November - 8 - 2007

From WAVY helicopter The Spirit of Nantucket was on a 10-day cruise from Alexandria, Virginia, to Charleston, South Carolina, when at dawn it hit something and began taking on water on an intercoastal waterway near Virginia Beach, Virginia.  There is a substantial gash in the hull that is allowing approximately 50-55 gallons of water a minute into the ship.  The captain took the appropriate action and ran the ship aground in the waterway to prevent it from sinking.  All 66 passengers have been evacuated and there are no injuries to report.
More coverage from WAVY TVThe Coast Guard reports that there is 3 feet of water inside the vessel.  Additional pumps have been brought onboard to get the water out so the ship can be refloated and taken to a shipyard for repairs.

WAVY TV 10 Shot of Spirit of NantucketAccording to Cruise West, the Spirit of Nantucket is one of the newest additions to Cruise West’s fleet. Operating exclusively on the East Coast of the U.S. in 2007, her shallow draft allows for exploration of the charming ports of call that are untouched by tourism.

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