A cruise ship with thousands on board runs aground in the Caribbean | Weather News

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Officials hope the Norwegian Escape, stranded off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, can be refloated at high tide.

Dominican Republic officials have confirmed that a large cruise ship ran aground off the northern coast of the Caribbean island nation shortly after leaving Puerto Plata port.

According to local media, the ship is the Norwegian Escape, with some 3,000 tourists and 1,600 crew on board.

“At this time there is no risk to passengers or crew members,” Vice Admiral Ramon Gustavo Betances Hernandez told media on Monday, adding that the ship ran aground due to “winds 30 knots strong”.

“The tide in this area rises about 1 meter (3ft) at four in the morning (0800 GMT). We believe that with the high tide we can get the boat out of its current position,” the vice said. -admiral, noting that tugs had already worked in vain to free the ship.

He said additional tugs would arrive soon to help with the effort.

The Norwegian Escape was en route to the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands, before heading to the Bahamas, according to local media.

(Translation: Cruise ship remains stranded in Taino Baym, Puerto Plata; representatives from various government authorities have been on site to work with the crew and keep the ship, Norwegian Escape, on course)

Passengers posted photos of the incident on social media, showing tugs alongside the ship. No damage was reported.

According to the website of the American company Norwegian Cruise Line, the Norwegian Escape is almost 326 meters long (1,070 feet) and weighs 165,000 tons.

It can accommodate up to 4,200 passengers and 1,700 crew members.

The vessel, one of NCL’s largest, was built in Germany and delivered in 2015.

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