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.