On June 19 a cruise ship which was carrying European tourists to Canada, Ontario crashed into a wall as it was entering a lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway (New York). Officials say that 22 people were injured: 19 were passengers and three of them were members of the crew.
The US Coast Guard declared:
”The 286-foot Saint Laurent Cruise Ship was headed from Montreal to Toronto when it hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, near the Canadian border, shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday.”
Lauren Laughlin Petty Officer 2nd Class, said that the cruise ship was heading towards the lock when it hit a wall bumper. After the impact the ship’s hull was pierce and the hole made the hull take inward gushing water. In order to prevent the cruise ship from sinking the doors to the lock were immediately closed. In the meantime a rescue team was trying to find the best possible way to move the vessel without causing too much damage.
Navigation in that area of the seaway was closed until the cruise ship was moved. Almost 12 vessels had to postpone their schedule to 5 PM on Friday because of the accident. According to officials from St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation the damage represented $25,000 in commerce per hour.
273 people were on board: 81 crew members and 192 passengers, who were Swiss and French. Shortly after 9:30 PM many rescue and fire units were summoned. Eight ambulances were there.
Officials employed a crane with a bucket in order to take the passengers from the cruise ship. Afterwards they were taken to Montreal by bus. According to the manager of the ship, FleetPro, 50 passengers who reached Montreal flew out on Friday night and 150 passengers flew out on Saturday and until then they remained in Montreal.
The cruise ship is registered in the Bahamas and it is owned by International Shipping Partners. It is300 feet long and 50 feet wide and it weight reaches 4.900 tons.
The lock was not significantly damaged, but right now there is an investigation ongoing in order to establish the exact cause of the ship cruise crash.
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