Several injured in Viking river crash

By Linsey McNeill
13/09/2022
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Several crew and two passengers were injured when their Viking ship was involved in a collision with another boat in thick fog.

The accident happened early on Sunday morning on the River Rhine, close to the city of Wesel.

Most of the 190 passengers are understood to have been in their cabins on the Viking Kvasir when the boat was in collision with a barge shortly before 7am.

However, some sustained some minor cuts, mainly from broken glass, and some crew were hurt, according to a Newsweek report. Among the injured was a chef, who allegedly sustained burns, said Newsweek.

Photographs posted on Twitter show rooms littered with broken glass and damage to the front of the ship.

A Viking Cruises spokesperson told Newsweek: “We can confirm that the Viking Kvasir collided with a cargo ship in heavy fog near Wesel, Germany, the morning of September 11, 2022.

“There were no significant injuries among guests or crew. The ship was cleared by authorities the evening of September 11 and has now continued its voyage without further delay.”

The ship is cruising from Antwerp in Belgium to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

After the accident, the crew hosted a meeting with all the passengers, during which the ship’s first officer was ‘applauded by all of the passengers for doing everything she could to minimize and avert the collision’, according to one of the guests.

The CruiseMapper website, which tracks ships and reports on maritime accidents, reported the collision ‘resulted in minor hull damages (at the bow/forward, above the waterline), interior damages (broken windows, tablewares, glassware) and minor injuries sustained by two passengers and several crew members.

“The riverboat was cruising in limited visibility/heavy fog.”

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