Last night, a cruise ship carrying 274 people collided with the wall in the Eisenhower Lock in the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Massena, NY, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Local reports said 17 people were injured. The injuries were believed to be minor. The cause of the allision is under investigation.
The Coast Guard reported last night that the 4,954-gross ton cruise ship Saint Laurent remained in the lock, where the water was drained, while response crews removed injured passengers.
With the ship trapped in the lock, responders from Massena CERT Ambulance and Rescue had to use a cherry picker to access the vessel and take out patients. According to a Facebook post by the agency, 30 patients out of 200 persons on board were triaged and transported from the cruise ship last evening.
In statement released today, FleetPro Passenger Ship Management reported that the ship made contact with a concrete approach wall bumper of the Westbound door of the Eisenhower Lock in Massena at 2115 hrs on June 18. The Bahamas Flag vessel, which was on passage from Montreal to Toronto, was carrying a total of 192 passengers and 81 crew members. The passengers are mainly of French and Swiss nationality.