Cruise Ship Mona Lisa Runs Aground Off Latvian Coast

by OldSailor on May 4, 2008

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Photo:Ion Boyle, simplonpc

Luxury cruise liner Mona Lisa has run aground in the Baltic Sea’s Irben Starit off Latvian coast on May 04.

  • 984 passengers onboard, mostly Germans are safe
  • ship was en-route from Poland’s Gdansk to Latvia’s Riga
  • ship was built in 1966, 173 metres in length
  • no damage to the ships hull or fuel tanks is reported
  • Latvian coast guard is monitoring the situation

The vessel has a track record of running aground nine times in the past. More photos of Mona Lisa are here at simplonpc. More details are here at topix.

Update: May 05

Efforts to refloat the vessel have failed. Passengers have been evacuated to port of Ventspils. More details are at newstin.

Update: May 06

Evacuated passengers head to their homeland. Read more from earthtimes. A video clip of the grounded ship and the passengers evacuation is here at rian.

Update: July 13

The freeing of the stranded ship Mona Lisa and evacuation of passengers cost Latvia 135,000 lats (EUR 192,000). Read more from The Baltic Times.

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