updated 11/12/2007 1:03:44 PM ET 2007-11-12T18:03:44

A small cruise ship that was run aground to keep it from sinking earlier this week has been re-floated and escorted to a shipyard in nearby Norfolk, the Coast Guard said.

The captain of the 207-foot vessel ran the ship around in the Intracoastal Waterway on Thursday after suffering a foot-long gash in its hull and began to take on water. All 66 people on board were rescued safely and no injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard and a Virginia Beach Police Department boat were escorting the boat to the Colonna Shipyard in Norfolk for repairs, said Petty Officer Chris Evanson, a Coast Guard spokesman.

The boat, The Spirit of Nantucket, was on a 10-day cruise from Alexandria, Virginia, to Charleston, South Carolina. It is owned by Cruise West, a small cruise line based in Seattle.

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