Pirate-themed Cruise Ship Runs Aground In Fla.

By Salon Staff

Published January 1, 2012 4:18AM (EST)

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a Pirate-themed cruise ship carrying about 100 passengers has run aground on New Year's Eve.

Public safety officials in Clearwater said Saturday night that crews responded at the Memorial Causeway Bridge when the cruise ship, known as the Pirate's Ransom, ran aground. A second vessel attempted to take some of the passengers to shore also ran aground. Police and fireboats were taking passengers to shore late Saturday night.

A city press release says a 77-year-old woman was examined at the scene but refused treatment. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Authorities said fog is believed to have been a factor in the ships running aground. Clearwater is located about 30 miles north of St. Petersburg, on the Gulf coast.

Salon Staff

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