Montreal

Cruise ship runs aground near Île d'Orléans

A small excursion ship ran aground Thursday near Sainte-Pétronille, at the south end of Île d'Orléans. The 57 passengers on board have been safely brought to shore.

All 57 passengers aboard the Louis-Jolliet now safely on solid ground.

The Louis-Jolliet lists on its side where it ran aground near Île d'Orléans. (Gilles Lachance)

 A cruise ship ran aground Thursday near Sainte-Pétronille, at the south end of Île d'Orléans on the St. Lawrence River.

There were 57 passengers on board, but no one was hurt.  All were brought safely to shore by tugboat.

The Louis-Jolliet left the Old Port in nearby Quebec City and was on its way to tour Montmorency Falls when the boat ran aground just before 3 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the Canadian Coast Guard said late Thursday that Croisières AML, the cruise ship's owner, would either have the boat towed to safety or await high tide at 11:45 p.m. for the boat to free itself. 

The ship will be inspected for damage.  So far, it appears the listing vessel suffered minor damage to its hull.