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Alaska Cruise Ship Accident

Alaska Cruise Ship Accident Lawsuits

Alaska Cruise Ship Accident | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Passengers: Injury, Fatalities | Investigations, Columbia River, Evacuated

Alaska Cruise Ship Accident Lawsuits

On May 14, 2007, a riverboat style cruise ship ran aground off the Alaska coast after hitting Hanus Rock at the southern end of the strait, 49 miles west of Juneau, and all 281 passengers onboard were safely evacuated without any injuries, Coast Guard officials said.  The ship, The Empress of the North sent out an emergency radio message at 12:35 a.m., Coast Guard officials announced.

As Coast Guard helicopters reached the ship, it was listing at the southern end of Icy Strait, about 15 miles southwest of Juneau, and it began taking on water, said Petty Officer Christopher D. McLaughlin. The ship was still flooding, but was traveling to Juneau under its own power. Thirty-three of its 75 crew members stayed on board for the trip. It wasn't immediately clear why the cruise ship ran around, McLaughlin said. Majestic America Line of Seattle operates the Empress of the North. Dan Miller, a spokesman for Majestic America, said the grounding occurred on the second day of a seven-day cruise.

The 110-foot Coast Guard cutter Liberty, the Spirit of Columbia cruise ship, and several other private vessels were taking on passengers from the damaged Empress of the North. "Many Good Samaritan boats on scene are taking off passengers," McLaughlin said. "The fishing vessels Evening Star and Willow were able to moor up to cruise ship and 33 passengers transferred from the Empress of the North to the Evening Star and 12 passengers to the Willow." By daybreak those remaining aboard were being taken aboard the Spirit of Columbia, a smaller vessel operated by Cruise West of Seattle, McLaughlin said.

Coast Guard spokesman Mark Guillory said the Coast Guard was trying to come to a decision as to where to send the ship for an investigation into why it hit rocks in the island-dotted Alaska coastal area. Additionally, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will also be sending a team to investigate.

In March of last year, the same ship, which was built to resemble a Mississippi River paddleboat, slammed into a sandbar while cruising the Columbia River, which separates Oregon and Washington State, according to reports.

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Ship hits rocks, runs aground off Alaska Coast

May 15, 2007 | AP
A Riverboat-style cruise ship ran aground off the Alaska coast early Monday, forcing an evacuation of more than 200 passengers before it could move again with a Coast Guard escort. All passengers were evacuated from the Empress of the North by 7 a.m. and returned to Juneau. One person was taken to a hospital for observation, a city employee said. Passengers said they were jolted awake when the ship hit the rocks in a remote part of a southeast Alaska archipelago in the middle of night. They...

Cruise Ship Runs Aground Off Alaska

May 14, 2007 | AP
A riverboat-style cruise ship ran aground off the Alaska coast early Monday, forcing an evacuation of more than 200 passengers before it was able to move again with a Coast Guard escort. Chief Petty Officer Barry Lane said all passengers had been evacuated from the Empress of the North by 7 a.m., and the vessel, with 29 crew members aboard, was heading toward Juneau. There were no reports of injuries. "The story is shaping up for the good," Lane said. The Empress of the North had 281...

Strike two for Majestic America Line

May 14, 2007 | USA Today
Sure, everyone has an off day from time to time. But it's becoming quite a pattern for the Empress of the North, the paddlewheeler that ran aground early this morning in Alaska. The 112-cabin Majestic America Line vessel, which spends much of its time operating on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest, is the same one we wrote about a few weeks ago after it flunked a Centers for Disease Control health inspection a relatively rare occurrence in the cruise world. Call it strike two for...

Cruise boat involved in accident in Alaska has ties to Clarkston

May 14, 2007 |
A luxury cruise boat that had to evacuate all its passengers early this morning near Juneau, Alaska, has ties to Clarkston and has been in similar, although less serious, situations three other times. Crews and volunteer boats assisted in the transfer of passengers to other vessels after it ran aground, according to an Associated Press story. No injuries were reported. The vessel, carrying 281 passengers and crew, took on water and was listing 6 degrees at the southern end of Icy Strait when...

Seattle Cruise Ship Runs Aground in Alaska

May 14, 2007 |
Coast Guard and civilian vessels banded together to successfully rescue more than 300 people from a Seattle-based cruise ship that ran aground early Monday. "There is a breach in the hull. It is on the rocks," said Petty Officer Eric Chandler at the Coast Guard base in Kodiak. The Empress of the North, carrying 281 passengers and a crew of 84, was listing 6 degrees after hitting Hanus Rock at the southern end of the strait, 49 miles west of Juneau, Coast Guard officials said. The Coast Guard...

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