Cruise ship en route to Nashville stuck on Lake Barkley


TRIGG COUNTY, Ky. (WKRN) — A cruise ship bound for Nashville is stuck on Lake Barkley in southern Kentucky, as a tug boat attempts to free it from a sand bar.

The ship is aground near mile marker 62 and is carrying 120 passengers and 54 crew.

Photos of the American Jazz cruise ship began circulating on social media Wednesday and witnesses reported it was stuck near the Barkley Bridge.

Greg Faulhaber, a Cadiz resident told News 2 that he spoke with passengers on the cruise ship who said they were headed to Dover, then eventually to Nashville.

Trigg County Emergency Management said their agency had not been requested to help, but that the U.S. Coast Guard had at least one tug boat on site to assist the cruise ship.

In a statement released Thursday morning, American Cruise Lines, the company that operates the cruise ship said “The American Jazz is currently being assisted off a sand bar in Lake Barkley.”

“There is no damage to the small riverboat, and both guests and crew aboard have been informed of the temporary delay,” the company explained.

Path of American Jazz cruise (Courtesy: American Cruise Lines)

American Jazz was on a seven night, Music Cities Cruise from Memphis to Nashville.

The Coast Guard is coordinating with American Cruise Lines to establish a salvage plan to dislodge the vessel. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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