Accident on the Main-Danube Canal: Ship bumped into a lock gate
In the night from Saturday, September 18, to Sunday, September 19, at around 11:30 pm CET the river boat "Avalon Imagery" bumped in the lock chamber of Hausen, one of the river locks on the Main-Danube Canal in Germany, into the lock gate and in the course of this the bow of the ship got stuck.
The circumstances of the accident are still open. Blessing in disguise almost all guests were in bed at the time of the impact, unfortunately 6 guests were injured in the interior of the ship and a 67-year old man fell overboard into the water. He got away with fractured ribs. Rescue forces, police and fire department were on site after short time. Sunday morning the 6 guests were released from "Forchheimer Hospital", the 67-year old man will need to stay for some more days. The "Avalon Imagery" was with 161 guests and 41 crew members on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna. The lock of Hausen was closed for 2 hours but fortunately could go into operation again on Sunday at 2:00 am CET. The damage has been estimated at about € 1,000,000.
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