QE2 Runs Aground On Final Farewell

imagesThe QE2 ran aground this morning on the final visit to her home port of Southampton. At 5.30 a.m strong winds caused the 70,000 ton vessel to run into a sandbank just off the Isle of Wight.

Five tugs and the high tide managed to free the ship with 1,700 passengers and 1,000 crew members on board and she sailed on into port only fifteen minutes late arriving at 7.30 a.m. There is no known damage to the ship and all events planned for today will go ahead before she sets off this evening for her next port of call in Lisbon, Portugal.

A spokesman for Solent coastguard said, “She had only partially gone aground, and the tugs pulled her off.” Officials from the company that own the ship, Cunard, said “We are not aware at this stage of any damage to the vessel and everything is proceeding today as planned. We don’t know exactly what happened for the vessel to get stuck.”

The Duke of Edinburgh is due to make his seventh visit to the vessel today and will attend on board ceremonies, watch fly pasts and observe the two minute silence at eleven a.m. for Rememberance Day.

The QE2 will spend another seventeen days at sea before arriving in Dubai where she will be permanantely docked as a floating hotel.