Officials say five people including an American are recovering after a massive cruise ship slammed into a much smaller tourist boat docked in Venice’s fame Giudecca Canal yesterday.
Startling video shows the MSC Opera careening toward a dock blaring its horn as onlookers ran for safety. A mechanical problem appears to be the culprit as the line between the liner and a tugboat guiding it into port reportedly snapped.
The Giudecca Canal is a major thoroughfare in Venice and the incident highlights what many locals have complained about for years: that the waterway is far too crowded, and that cruise ships simply don’t belong there.
The investigation continues.