Boating Accidents, Cruise Ship Accidents, Cruise Ship Law

Celebrity Cruise Line Tender Runs Aground, but Passengers Make it to Safety


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A tender carrying passengers on a Celebrity Cruise Line itinerary ran aground Thursday night between Bar and Porcupine islands, but luckily, no one was injured in the maritime accident. The boat accident took place around 7:45 p.m., when the tender was carrying passengers back to Celebrity’s Summit ship.

Lt. Nick Barrow of the U.S. Coast Guard explained that a combination of low tide, dark and rainy conditions contributed to the incident. The tender breached its hull in several places after crashing into rocks in the shallow water. There were a total of 93 passengers onboard the vessel and were all safely evacuated within 20 minutes of the incident by a local whale watch boat.

While the passengers all made it back to the ship safely, the same can’t be said for the tender. Barrow explained that the vessel remained stuck on the rocks for over an hour before the tide swept in and freed it.

The boating accident is currently under investigation and the tender has been taken out of circulation by Celebrity. Barrow added that the cruise line has enough tender capacity to accommodate all of its passengers in the event an emergency were to occur.

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