When Alberta's most iconic riverboat took on water and appeared to sink, social media was flooded with pics of the lopsided ship and concerned comments. As crews got to work with repairs, it looks like it's all going to be ok after an outpouring of support. Now, the Edmonton Riverboat will be up and chugging along in no time.

The boat's been proudly sailing on Edmonton's North Saskatchewan River since 1991 and has been an icon in the city's tourism scene ever since.

But recently, it's been choppy for the little ship. On Wednesday, April 22, the boat was seen leaning on its right side, half-submerged in the river.

Passersby and boat fans alike raced to Twitter to share pics and speculate on what happened.

According to CBC, the accident was caused after water levels rose sharply after the ice melted. It pushed the boat onto the icy riverbank, destroying a drawbridge used to board the vessel in the process.

The Edmonton Journal said that after water lifted the ship, it was tossed onto and impaled by the posts it was tied to.

An attempt to free the boat backfired reported CTV News. They opened a dam upstream, hoping the rush of water would push it free, but instead, a giant chunk of ice lodged itself between the boat and the shore.

"Thank you for your tweets and messages of concern about the condition of our boat this morning," wrote the Edmonton Riverboat's handlers on Twitter. "She is a sturdy girl but ice and water are tough adversaries.

"Sure think the boat can be fixed. She’s so important to our city," responded one person on Twitter. "Loved the view looking up."

The ship was bought by Jay Esterer in 2016, after years of inactivity, according to CBC. The half-million-dollar purchase got the ship a whole renovation, and it was completely remade into a floating bar, restaurant, and event space.

Sadly it has paused operations this summer due to the pandemic.

But Esterer is optimistic about it getting patched up and running again. He told the Edmonton Journal the ship could be running again in just days.

"I think it is part of owning a boat. The boat can be fixed in a matter of days," he said. "The boat is not a big deal," but it was obviously a huge deal to many Edmontonians.

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