A massive cruise ship lost control as it docked in Venice on Sunday, crashing into the wharf and hitting a tourist boat after suffering an engine failure.
Tourists on the harbour could be seen running away as the 13-deck MSC Opera scraped along the dockside, its engine blaring, before knocking into the tourist boat, amateur video footage posted on Twitter showed.
“When we saw the ship bearing down on us, everyone began shouting and running,” a sailor who was on the River Countess tourist boat was quoted as saying by Italian media.
“I didn’t know what to do. I got away quickly, jumping to get on shore,” said the man, who was not named.
Four tourists were slightly injured in the accident at San Basilio-Zattere in Venice’s Giudecca Canal, port authorities said.
The foreigners, aged between 67 and 72 years old, were from Australia, New Zealand and the United States, according to media reports, which said they were hurt as they escaped.
The Opera, which suffered mechanical trouble before in 2011 during a Baltic cruise, can carry more than 2,500 passengers and boasts a theatre, ballroom and water park for children.