Huge cruise ship plows into tourist boat, dock in Venice

Cruise Ship Loses Control In Venice Slams Wharf And Tourist Boat

Cruise Ship Loses Control In Venice Slams Wharf And Tourist Boat

The collision happened at about 8:30 a.m. on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to Saint Mark's Square. The towering, out-of-control cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist river boat on a busy Venice canal on Sunday morning. According to local reports, five people received minor injuries, and emergency services are at the scene.

The MSC Opera cruise liner stand by a tourist boat following a collision in Venice, Italy, Sunday, June 2, 2019.

A cruise ship has collided with a smaller tourist boat and smashed into a quayside in Venice, injuring four, sparking panic among tourists and leading to renewed calls to oust massive cruise ships from the lagoon city. The collision happened at about 8:30 a.m. on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to Saint Mark's Square.

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Tourists on land could be seen running away as the MSC Opera scraped the dockside, its engine blaring, before knocking into the Michelangelo tourist boat, amateur video footage posted on Twitter showed. The Opera, built 15 years ago, is registered in Panama and has a capacity for 2,679 passengers.

The cruise ship's owner, MSC Cruises, said the ship was about to dock at a passenger terminal in Venice when it had a mechanical problem.

In a video of the incident, the cruise ship ploughs into the riverboat and the dock, with the crowd forced to flee.

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