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Cruise ship with 51 on board runs aground in Alaska

July 9, 2008

Juneau you’re curious as to how this happened. Sorry.

A cruise ship with 51 people on board ran aground and was stuck for about nine hours in Alaska.

The ship was eventually towed to safety and a National Park Service vessel was transferring passengers and crew members to a nearby port before they were taken to Juneau, a US Coast Guard spokesman said.

A spokesman for Cruise West, which owns the ship, said the company was trying to get passengers to the Juneau airport.

Officials said the 63-metre Spirit of Glacier Bay grounded just after 7am (local time) today near Glacier Bay in Alaska.

The ship had 51 people onboard. No injuries were reported.

Coast Guard spokesman Lieutenant Eric Eggen said it was unclear whether the grounding was caused by human error or a mechanical or electronic malfunction.