Coast Guard responds after cruise ship Saint Laurent hits St. Lawrence Seaway lock wall

25-foot Response Boat-SmallCLEVELAND – The Coast Guard is responding to a 286-foot cruise ship that hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Massena, New York, Thursday night.

The vessel remains in the lock, where the water has been drained, while response crews remove injured passengers.

There were 274 people, including passengers and crew, aboard at the time of the collision.

At 9:45 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received notification of the allision.

A crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay, New York, responded along with a marine inspector from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Massena.

The ship will remain in the lock with both doors closed until it can be moved to different location.

The Saint Laurent is a cruise ship owned by International Shipping Partners.

The cause of the allision is under investigation.

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