Cruise ship en route to Nashville stuck on Lake Barkley

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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.

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

The U.S. Coast Guard said the ship, carrying 120 passengers and 54 crew members, became stuck in a sand bar around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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.

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.

Two days after the ship became stuck, the U.S. Coast Guard, Trigg County Emergency Management and American Cruise Lines worked to disembark the passengers Friday evening.

The agencies said all passengers were safely transferred to shore, along with six crew members.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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