LST 325 heading home early after crew member tests for COVID

Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 11:18 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2021 at 11:23 AM EDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The LST 325 had to cut its annual river cruise short after a breakthrough COVID case among one of their crew members.

In a Facebook post, officials said the entire crew was vaccinated. However, they experienced a potential breakthrough case toward the end of their Brandenburg visit.

Members of the LST Board of Directors said a crew member tested positive for COVID-19. He was sent home to self-isolate, where he tested positive for the virus.

At the end of the Brandenburg visit, they said they had two more crew members showing possible symptoms.

Officials say even more crucially, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear decided to hold a special assembly today that could possibly expand COVID safety measures.

Those in charge of the cruise say the potential for more lockdowns and their own health troubles on board were enough to make them turn around and come back. They said safety is their primary concern.

“We’re using an overabundance of caution regarding our crew and our visitors, so money is secondary to that,” said board member Chris Donahue.

He said it does still carry some financial weight.

The money the ship makes on its own in Evansville is usually enough to break even on the year.

”That cruise is what allows us to get over into the black, so we’ve got two years now. But we’re like any other company, any other restaurant, we’re not crying about it because we’re just like anybody else,” says Donahue.

The ship docked in Evansville around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Donahue said it won’t be open to the public for a little while.

He said they plan to leave the ship empty for a few days before they disinfect it and finally reopen to the public.

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