This is an absolutely wild video. Today, footage started circulating throughout the internet of an Italian cruise ship basically just running right through a dock as it came to shore. And it looks absolutely terrifying as it ended up having people scrambling for their lives.
— ITV News (@itvnews) June 2, 2019
Wow, this just happened outside our apartment!! pic.twitter.com/OfSOdCU2Br
— Duncan Ogle-Skan (@duncanogleskan) June 2, 2019
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 2, 2019
Here’s the story:
Source – A towering, out-of-control cruise ship rammed into a dock and a tourist riverboat on a busy Venice canal on Sunday morning, injuring five people, officials said. The collision sparked new calls for placing restrictions on cruise ships in the famed city.
The crash happened about 8:30 a.m. (0630 GMT) on the Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to St. Mark’s Square in the northeastern Italian city.
The MSC Opera cruise ship, apparently unable to stop, blared its horn as it slammed into the much smaller River Countess boat and the dock as dozens of people ran away in panic. In videos of the crash, people were seen rushing to disembark from the moored riverboat over a short gangplank, and at least two people were left caught on the walkway as the vessel was dislodged from the pier.
The cruise ship’s owner, MSC Cruises, said the vessel was about to dock at a passenger terminal in Venice when it had a mechanical problem. Two tugboats guiding the cruise ship into Venice tried to stop the MSC Opera, but they were unable to prevent it from ramming into the riverboat.
Local officials said five women aboard the riverboat were injured. They said one was released immediately from a hospital, while four others were advised to remain under medical care for a few days.
Earlier, medical authorities said four of the women — an American, a New Zealander and two Australians between the ages of 67 and 72 — were injured falling or trying to run away when the cruise ship rammed into the River Countess.
Yikes. This is an absolute scary scene. And if you ever have boated in your life, you know how hard it is to get the speed right as you get back to the dock. I am surprised this doesn’t happen more often but goes to show how usually these cruise ship operators are the best in the business. Thankfully, there were no casualties so at least we can take that as a silver lining but man, what a scary video.