Tuesday 25 April 2017

Pirate-themed ship runs aground

Pirate-themed cruise ship Pirate's Ransom ran aground on Florida's Gulf coast
Pirate-themed cruise ship Pirate's Ransom ran aground on Florida's Gulf coast

A Pirate-themed cruise ship carrying about 100 passengers has run aground, Florida authorities said.

Public safety officials in Clearwater said that crews responded at the Memorial Causeway Bridge when the cruise ship, known as the Pirate's Ransom, ran aground.

A second vessel attempted to take some of the passengers to shore also ran aground. Police and fireboats were taking passengers to shore late on Saturday night.

A city press release said a 77-year-old woman was examined at the scene but refused treatment. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Authorities said fog is believed to have been a factor in the ships running aground.

Clearwater is located on Florida's Gulf coast.

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