UPDATE: Grounded riverboat in Kentucky free after more than a week
Update from July 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.:
CADIZ, Ky. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard says a riverboat that had been stuck in Lake Barkley in Kentucky for more than a week has been freed.
American Cruise Lines says its American Jazz became stuck on a sandbar last week while on a seven-night cruise between Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee.
Lt. Phillip Baxter of the Coast Guard in Paducah says the boat was left in full reverse for about three hours Friday while a towing vessel pushed on it.
After taking a break, the boat worked itself free around 3:20 p.m.
Update from July 16, 2021:
CADIZ, Ky. (AP) — Operations to dislodge a grounded riverboat in Lake Barkley in Kentucky are scheduled to begin Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
American Jazz, with 120 passengers and 54 crew members, became stuck on a sandbar last week while on a seven-night cruise between Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, according to its operator, American Cruise Lines.
The passengers were moved off the ship and transported to a Nashville hotel on July 9. The boat was not damaged.
A safety zone remains in effect from mile marker 61.5 to mile marker 63.5 on the Cumberland River as crews work to unground the vessel, the Coast Guard said.
“In order to ensure the safety of both responders and the public, boaters are not permitted to transit within 100-yards of the vessel and salvage operations area during salvage operations,” said Commander Jennifer Andrew, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Paducah.
Update from July 12, 2021:
CADIZ, Ky. (AP) — Efforts are being made to free a riverboat grounded in western Kentucky.
Dive operations were approved Sunday to assess the lake bottom for salvage operations to safely dislodge the American Jazz riverboat in Lake Barkley near Cadiz, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release.
The riverboat became stuck on a sandbar last week. The boat, carrying 120 passengers and 54 crew members, was on a seven-night cruise between Memphis and Nashville, according to its operator, American Cruise Lines.
News outlets report the passengers were moved off the ship and transported to a Nashville hotel on Friday.
The boat was not damaged. A three-mile safety zone for recreational boaters remains in place.
Original story below from July 8, 2021:
CADIZ, Ky. (AP) — A riverboat cruising between Memphis and Nashville has become stuck on a sandbar in Lake Barkley, the boat company said Thursday.
The modern riverboat American Jazz was being assisted off the sandbar, American Cruise Lines said in an email. The small boat has not been damaged, the company said.
The company didn’t say how many guests were on board but said they had been informed of the temporary delay. The boat accommodates fewer than 190 passengers.
The boat was on a seven-night cruise, which is expected to continue with a few schedule adjustments, the company said.
The boat was stuck in southern Kentucky, news outlets reported.