A cruise ship hit a tourist river boat in a scary accident in Venice, Italy, on Sunday morning, June 2.
Several people were injured in the incident after the huge ship collided with the small boat at around 8:30 a.m. on the Giudecca Canal, which leads to the city’s famous Saint Mark’s Square.
Twitter videos of the crash show the cruise ship blaring its horn as it struck the boat.
During the collision, people jumped and fell from the boat.
Nearby tourists fled the scene in panic.
The cruise ship’s owner, MSC Cruises, said the ship, the MSC Opera, was about to dock at a passenger terminal in Venice when it suffered a mechanical problem.
Two towboats guiding the cruise ship into Venice tried to stop it, but it hit the boat called the River Countess.
Four female tourists, including an American, were reportedly injured falling or trying to run away when the accident occurred.
Venice resident Elisabetta Pasqualin told the Associated Press, “Sirens were wailing loudly; it was a very dramatic scene.”
Sky News reported that the cruise ship, which had traveled from Venice to Greece back to Venice, was built in 2004 and can hold up to 2,150 passengers.
It’s just the latest incident in a rash of recent cruise ship horror stories.
Alleged rape, murder, and freak accidents have reportedly occurred on board various liners, as Radar has reported.
Last year, a woman on board a Carnival Cruise Line ship reportedly died after she fell from her cabin’s balcony.
Also in 2018, a Carnival cruise ship got flooded after a break in the liner’s fire suppression system. Passengers compared scenes on board to the Titanic!
Earlier this year, passengers of a Viking Sky cruise ship were rescued off the coast of Norway after the luxury liner suffered engine failure during stormy seas. In the shocking emergency, the ship was damaged due to severe winds and waves.
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