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The footage shows the dramatic moment when a ferry with 522 passengers crashes into rocks while the captain loses control

The images show the dramatic moment when a ferry with 522 passengers crashes into rocks in an Italian port while the captain loses control

  • Footage shows moment when passenger ferry crashes while captain loses control
  • The incident took place on Sunday in the small harbor of San Nicola Island
  • There has been ‘minor damage’ to the ferry, which was due to tourist transportation next week

An Italian passenger ferry crashed into the rocks of a harbor after the captain lost control due to a ‘technical problem’.

The surprising incident occurred when the Isola di Caprai ship attempted to enter the small port of San Nicola Island on Sunday, in the Isole Tremiti archipelago near the Apulia region of eastern Italy.

Technical issues with the 522-passenger ferry prevented the captain from controlling the ship as it got stuck in the rocks and inflicted ‘minor damage’ to the ship, local media reports.

The video shows the front of the boat running aground on the rocks as smaller boats approach.

After a minute or so, the ship is being driven again, most likely with its own engines to reverse and leave port later in the afternoon after inspection, reports The Maritime Bulletin.

Seven passengers were on board the boat with the crew at the time of the crash, but none of them would have been injured.

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

The video shows the front of the boat running aground on the rocks as smaller boats approach

Emergency services came to the scene and divers were used to check how much the boat had been damaged

Emergency services came to the scene and divers were used to check how much the boat had been damaged

The video shows the front of the boat running aground on the rocks as smaller boats approach

The ferry is said to bring the first tourists to the island since the Coronavirus pandemic next week. The ship connects the Tremiti Islands to the Italian peninsula

The ferry is said to bring the first tourists to the island since the Coronavirus pandemic next week. The ship connects the Tremiti Islands to the Italian peninsula

The ferry is said to bring the first tourists to the island since the Coronavirus pandemic next week. The ship connects the Tremiti Islands to the Italian peninsula

The ferry, owned by a company called Tirrenia, was reportedly towed to port for an investigation into the exact causes of the crash, before leaving the port later on Sunday.

Marco Napolitano, owner of the local Hotel Gabbiano, said, “I hope it’s not serious,” as the ferry was expected to take the first tourists to the island next week as Italy begins to exit the coronavirus lock. ‘

The ferry can carry 522 passengers, along with 57 vehicles and crew, connecting the Tremiti Islands to the Italian peninsula all year round.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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