A passenger cruise ship in Italy was caught on camera just moment after it collided with rocks in a port. The incident is said to have happened when the captain “lost control” of the vessel due to a “technical issue”.
Media reports state that the ferry was then tugged to the port for an investigation into the exact causes of the crash and to assess the damage done.
Marco Napolitano, owner of the local Hotel Gabbiano, said: “I hope it is not serious.”
The ferry was expected to bring the first tourists to the island next week as Italy begins to move out of coronavirus lockdown.
The ferry can transport 522 passengers along with 57 vehicles and connects the Tremiti Islands with the Italian peninsula throughout the year.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
This isn’t the first time a ferry has crashed with passengers onboard.
Last June a similar incident occurred in Ibiza when a ferry narrowly missed colliding with a smaller boat.
Young Spanish and French holidaymakers on pleasure boat Aquabus Kontiki II were filmed screaming in terror as the 150 metre-long Bahama Mama ferry approached them.
Footage was recorded by a passenger on board and shows the panicked scene.
The incident was investigated by local authorities as a “collision risk” occurrence.
Luckily, no passengers were harmed as a result.
On a larger scale, a cruise ship crashed into a dock in Venice, Italy around the same time.
Sadly, five passengers were injured as a result.
On July 12 2019, the MSC Opera, drove into the busy Giudecca Canal, at around 8.30am.
It is thought that the vessel lost control, first charging into a small riverboat before hitting the dock.
Published at Tue, 26 May 2020 13:19:00 +0000