Twenty-five people aboard the “Swiss Crystal” cruise ship have been injured after the boat rammed a bridge over the River Rhine at Duisburg, Germany.
The incident happened on Tuesday evening once the cruise ship struck a bridge service. Ordinarily, the column stands on dry soil, but it is currently underwater because the Rhine is over five metres higher than normal.
There were 129 people on board, the majority of them in the Netherlands. Of those 25 wounded, four had been hospitalised along with the other eight afterwards sought treatment. The priest stood beneath jolt, reported the authorities. Speed wasn’t a factor, however, the mishap is under investigation.
The bow of this 100-metre-long Swiss Crystal was badly damaged. Built in 1995 and completely renovated in 2007, the cruise ship was in the tail end of a trip beginning and ending at Arnhem over Mainz and Koblenz.
that owns the ship, said on Wednesday it anticipated long discussions with the insurance carrier over injury claims.
Traffic via the bridge has been briefly suspended, meaning that a disturbance of this A42 motorway course — which handles about 90,000 vehicles every day. On the other hand, the bridge wasn’t badly damaged and traffic has been flowing openly.
From the Rhine’s alpine origin to the riverbanks of industrial Basel, swissinfo.ch investigates the Swiss stretch of their vital European waterway.
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