Cruise Ship Tender Runs Aground in Maine

October 5, 2012

(10:30 a.m. EDT) -- A Celebrity Summit tender carrying 94 passengers back to the ship ran aground among exposed rocks in a passage between Bar and Porcupine Islands near Bar Harbor on Thursday evening. There were no serious injuries.

The accident happened at 7:45 p.m. during "dark, rainy" conditions and when the tide was low, a U.S. Coast Guard official told the Bangor Daily News. The boat's hull was breached in more than one place and got stuck. According to the article, the passengers were evacuated within 20 minutes by a local whale watch boat.

Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez told Cruise Critic that two local boats assisted in getting the passengers back to the ship. She added that two of the passengers reported minor injuries and were treated in the onboard medical center immediately following their return to the ship.

The incident is under investigation and the tender has been taken out of circulation by the cruise ship.

Celebrity Summit was sailing a 14-night cruise that departed Bayonne, New Jersey on September 22. Bar Harbor was its last port of call.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor