The American Jazz was traveling the Cumberland River when it got stuck near Cadiz. The 120 passengers were rescued.
CADIZ, Ky. – The US Coast Guard is still trying to free a riverboat that got stuck in Kentucky last week.
The American Jazz, which was en route from Memphis to Nashville, ran aground on the Cumberland River near Canton, Kentucky on Wednesday. The coast guard was called on Thursday to help local authorities.
A total of 169 people – 120 passengers and 49 crew – were on board the American Jazz cruise ship when it got stuck. According to the U.S. Coast Guard District 8, all passengers and eight crew members were able to leave the ship safely on Friday. The rest of the crew were able to leave the ship on Sunday.
In an update released on Saturday, Lake Barkley Grounding Unified Command said crews are still looking for the best way to refloat the ship with the least possible impact on the environment.
A three-mile section of the Cumberland River was blocked off to ensure the safety of response teams and the public.
âCurrently, our operations and planning in response to the Lake Barkley grounding involving the American Jazz have been successful so far through the partnership with our local County Emergency Management Center and partner agencies in the ‘State of Kentucky to ensure we are all able to safely respond to this. incident, âsaid Commander Jennifer Andrew, on-site response team coordinator.
The public relations director of American Cruise Lines, owner of the ship American Jazz, said no one was injured. It is still not clear how the ship got stuck.
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