Grounded riverboat, American Jazz, dislodged from sandbar in Lake Barkley

Posted at 12:49 PM, Jul 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 19:13:18-04

CADIZ, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says that after more than a week of being stuck on a sandbar, the American Jazz has been dislodged from a sandbar in Lake Barkley in Kentucky.

American Cruise Lines says its riverboat, American Jazz, became stuck on a sandbar July 7 while on a seven-night cruise between Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee.

The boat was carrying 120 passengers and 54 crew members. The passengers were moved off the ship and transported to a Nashville hotel on July 9. The boat was not damaged.

Read American Cruise Lines' full statement about it being dislodged here. Officials thanked "everyone on the ground in Kentucky for their tireless and continued efforts to refloat American Jazz."

A former crew member reported "unacceptable" working conditions for some crew members who stayed on the boat while it was stuck for nine days.

The Coast Guard says a safety zone remained in effect from mile marker 61.5 to mile marker 63.5 on the Cumberland River as they worked to unground the vessel.