Tug Strikes Hamburg Tour Boat, 15 Injured

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By MarEx 2016-06-07 21:04:02

[Brief] On Tuesday afternoon, the tug Jörn struck the cruise boat Irma II in Hamburg harbor, near the Blohm + Voss shipyard, injuring 15 of the 39 passengers aboard. Six had to be taken to the hospital. 

The Jörn reportedly collided with the Irna II at her stern. The impact was intense enough to break the tour vessel's glass windows, but a dive inspection has determined that neither vessel was not holed.

A group of senior citizens was aboard, including Hannelore Faust, 67, and Harald Mattern, 84. "Glass splintered and benches flew," Faust told Abendblatt. None of the passengers went overboard. 

Emergency responders met the two vessels at a nearby dock and initial medical treatment was provided onsite. The Hamburg water police are investigating the cause of the accident; the Irna's operator said that they believe their captain was not at fault.