Out-Of-Control Italian Ferry Crashes Into Rocks

This footage shows an Italian passenger ferry on the rocks in a port after the captain lost control because of a ‘technical issue’.

The startling incident took place when the Isola di Capraia was manoeuvring into the small port of the island of San Nicola in the Isole Tremiti archipelago in the Adriatic Sea in eastern Italy’s Apulia region.

Local media report technical issues with the ferry meant the captain could not control the ship and it crashed into the rocks.

In the video, the front of the boat can be seen on the rocks as smaller boats move in closer.

Credit: CEN/@SolariPaolo

Local media report seven passengers were on board the boat at the time but neither the passengers nor the crew were injured.

Emergency services went to the scene and divers were used to check how much the boat had been damaged, according to local media.

The ferry, owned by a company called Tirrenia, was reportedly 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” as 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 the whole year round.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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Story By: Ana LacasaSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

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