Cruise ship crashes into tourist boat in Venice, injuring five people

Cruise ship crashes into tourist boat in Venice, injuring five people

Videos of the crash posted to Twitter show the cruise ship blaring its horn as it rammed into the much smaller river boat as dozens of people ran away in panic.

"I didn't know what to do". The female tourists, aged between 67 and 72, were from Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

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.

The ship, which dwarfed the other vessel, crashed as it came into the San Basilio cruise terminal in the popular lagoon city, according to La Repubblica newspaper. Two tugboats tried to guide the cruise ship, but were unable to prevent it from crashing.

The cruise ship was built in 2004 and has a capacity of 2,150 passengers and weighs 65,591 tons, according to Sky News. But the crash forced parts of the celebration to be cancelled, Italian media reported. In 2013, it banned ships weighing more than 96,000 tonnes from the Giudecca canal but the legislation was later overturned.

The 13-deck cruise ship can carry upwards of 2,500 guests and includes a theater and a water park. "Now we must urgently make sure that ships no longer pass in front of St. Mark's".

Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro confirmed on Twitter that a ship had rammed into the wharf. "We have been working on moving them for months now. and are nearing a solution", he said.

Italian officials said the collision underscored the need to ban cruise ships from using the busy Giudecca Canal, but they stopped short of calling for a ban on cruise ships.

Critics say waves created by cruise ships on the canal erode the foundations of the city, which regularly suffers from flooding.

"It is truly curious that a country that tries to stop ships that have saved people at sea from entering its ports allows giant steel monsters to risk carnage in Venice", he said.

MSC Cruises was founded in Italy in 1960 and is a global line registered in Switzerland.

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