Tours on USS Arizona Memorial Suspended After Ship Hits Dock

The National Park Service says tours on the USS Arizona Memorial are suspended after a vessel struck and damaged the memorial's dock.

Spokeswoman Abby Wines said Wednesday that boats are taking visitors to a spot near the memorial where they may view it from a distance, but visitors are not being taken on it.

Wines says the ramp and handrails connecting the dock to the memorial are mangled. Park service and Navy divers are expected to assess the damage from underwater Wednesday.

The incident occurred when the hospital ship USNS Mercy and a civilian tugboat contracted by the Navy were maneuvering in Pearl Harbor. Wines says either the tugboat or the Mercy hit the dock.

Wines says it's unclear how long tours on the memorial will be suspended.

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