Injuries as ship collides with restaurant

4th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

4 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — The cruise ship River Duchess crashed into a dockside restaurant in Amsterdam on Sunday, damaging the premises and leaving three people injured, police said. Police said the ship — owned by US firm Uniworld — went off course due to technical reasons. They said the ship could not go into reverse and smashed into a dock, destroying a terrace and part of the restaurant.

4 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — The cruise ship River Duchess crashed into a dockside restaurant in Amsterdam on Sunday, damaging the premises and leaving three people injured, police said.
 
Police said the ship — owned by US firm Uniworld — went off course due to technical reasons. They said the ship could not go into reverse and smashed into a dock, destroying a terrace and part of the restaurant.

About 20 people were seated on the terrace when the accident occurred. A young girl was treated in the AMC hospital with head wounds after she fell trying to escape. Two people on the boat were injured.

Work was needed to be done to strengthen the restaurant's foundations due to the danger of collapse and will remain temporarily closed. The 110m ship was also severely damaged in the incident.

The ship eventually sailed away from the scene of the accident at about 4.30pm. The passengers — mainly US nationals — were making a trip through the Netherlands and Belgium.

The restaurant on the Wilhelmina-Dok on the IJ River is situated opposite the passenger terminal, newspaper 'Het Parool' reported

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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