Norwegian Crown Aground

THE cruiseship Norwegian Crown ran aground off Bermuda with 1,104 passengers onboard yesterday.

The 34,242 gt vessel was on its regular sailing between the towns of St. George and Hamilton when the incident occurred 8.30am local time.

Three local tugs were called in to refloat the vessel and was successfully towed into deep water last night.

Checks showed there was no water ingress and no pollution from the vessel. All crew and passengers were reported to be safe.

Eye witnesses said the grounding took place during a bad rain storm and that the captain and pilot probably missed the navigation channel.

The Norwegian Crown belongs to Norwegian Cruise Lines.