What you need to know about the latest wreck in the Atlantic off the coast of Nova Scotia

A cruise ship has been sunk off Nova Scotia after it ran aground on the water.

The ship, which was carrying about 500 passengers and crew, disappeared on Tuesday morning about 12 miles (19 kilometres) off the east coast of Newfoundland, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a statement.

A wreck team from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom is helping to recover the shipwreck.

“This is an incredible event, and we’re so thankful to be able to assist the families of the passengers and crews involved,” the statement said.

“It is an opportunity to show the world that the sea is open and safe for anyone to enjoy.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.