Emergency workers used ladders and cranes to evacuate 27 passengers and 3 crew injured when a cruise ship struck the side of a lock in the St Lawrence Seaway.
The accident occurred at 2130 h local time on 18 June as the Haimark Lines’ Saint Laurent attempted to enter the Eisenhower Lock near Massena, New York. The 87 m (285 ft) vessel is listed as being owned by Miami-based Sunstone Ships, according to the company’s website.
There were 274 people, including passengers and crew, aboard at the time of the collision, according to the US Coast Guard.
Coastguard spokesman John Masson told IHS Maritime that 28 of the injured were back on the vessel as of 0930 h on 19 June.
The vessel remained in the drained lock overnight. Workers were expected to attempt to refloat the vessel after conducting damage and safety assessments, Masson said. He said six ships were in a queue waiting to traverse the lock.
The cause of the accident is being investigated.