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Barge gashes a cruise ship on the Mississippi; no one hurt

February 11, 2007|From the Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — A barge struck a cruise ship Saturday on the Mississippi River, leaving a 30-foot gash on the ship and forcing the cancellation of a five-day cruise to the Caribbean.

No injuries were reported on Carnival Cruise Lines' Fantasy ship or the barge, authorities and company officials said.

The barge hit the riverbank and then the port side of the cruise ship as it waited to dock, according to a statement from the cruise line.

There was minor damage to the barge, one of six rice barges being pushed by the towing vessel the Repentance.

Carnival said the 2,050 passengers who had been allowed to board were later told their cruise had been canceled because repairs would take several days.

The cruise line said the passengers would receive a refund and a discount on a future cruise.

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