Norwegian Dawn Cruise Ship Aground in Bermuda

The ship temporarily lost power as it was departing, officials said.

ByABC News
May 19, 2015, 10:23 PM

— -- The Norwegian Dawn cruise ship with more than 3,500 people on board ran aground in Bermuda Tuesday afternoon after the vessel temporarily lost power as the ship was departing, cruise line officials and the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The ship -- with 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members -- was departing King's Wharf, Bermuda, when it lost power, officials said.

"The ship's propulsion was affected and, at which time, the vessel made contact with the channel bed. All guests and crew are safe," Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement. "The ship has full power and onboard services continue as scheduled."

Passengers aboard the ship confirmed to ABC News that the boat had regained power and said activities on board were going on as normal. The boat was later floated and moved to a nearby anchorage position for the night.

Passenger Rachel Hansen told ABC News station WCVB in Boston that the grounding was "pretty unsettling."

"My family and I were sitting down having dinner and we felt a sudden stop in the cruise ship," she told WCVB, which reported the cruise originated in Boston. "The cruise captain, I assume, came on over the PA system and ordered a distress call, and a bunch of the crew that were serving us dinner sprinted out."

The Coast Guard received a report that the Norwegian Dawn had run aground, a Coast Guard official said, noting that there were no injuries and no reports of gas fuel leakage.

A tug boat and divers were on their way to assess the situation, the Coast Guard official said.

Passengers later described on social media the arrival of tugboats and divers.

ABC News' Michael S. James contributed to this report.

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