Nearly 200 passengers evacuated from leaking BRITANNIA, Netherlands
Early on Sunday morning 154 passengers and 40 crew members were evacuated from the river cruise ship BRITANNIA after the vessel sprang a leak and started taking on water.
The accident happened on the river IJssel, about 110 kilometers east of the Dutch capital Amsterdam, when the vessel was on its way from Deventer, Netherlands to Cologne, Germany.
There were no injures reported. Most of the passenger on board of the vessel were pensioners from Germany and Austria and they were safely helped to get off the 110-meter long BRITANNIA.
As reported by police, due to the low level of water in the river the vessel hit something on the bottom and this probably caused a hole. The water ingress was very intensive and within a short time it reached 1,5 meter. With the help of powerful pumps the cruise ship was kept afloat. The divers are checking the ship’s bottom and are trying to repair the hole temporarily, then the vessel will be taken to the ship repair yard.