The grounded riverboat American Jazz has been refloated after it grounded in Lake Barkley, Kentucky
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) reported the Lake Barkley Grounding Unified Command freed the riverboat American Jazz on 16 July.
Salvage crews and the riverboat crew freed the riverboat using a tug and barge setup along with the ship’s propulsion.
Cruise operator American Cruise Line said after American Jazz was refloated, it was able to travel on its own power.
The federal on-scene co-ordinator for the unified command, Commander Jennifer Andrew said, "Thanks to the amazing support of American Cruise Lines, the state of Kentucky, Trigg County Emergency Management, Donjon-SMIT and the residents of Trigg County, American Jazz was removed today and was found fit for service on the Cumberland River.”
The newbuild vessel ran aground during a seven-night Music Cities Cruise from Memphis to Nashville with 120 passengers and 54 crew members on board. All passengers were disembarked from the vessel two days later.
The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.
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