Britannia cruise ship crashes during Mallorca
An unmoored cruise ship collided with a freighter in Mallorca, Spain, during a storm.
The Britannia, a P&O Cruises ship based in Southampton, floated away after it broke loose, passengers said. As well as the walkway, there was also a fall into the water.
Injuries to a small number of passengers are being treated onboard, according to P&O.
There will be a technical assessment conducted on the ship in Palma.
According to the captain, there were no structural compromises.
Video and images taken aboard the ship show an emergency response and floating debris.
During an emergency drill being conducted by the local fire department, Gavin McCoy said the “unexpected drama” occurred.
The walkway fell into the sea when a sudden rain and wind storm ripped us away from our dockside moorings.
He said he was “sitting by the window in the coffee shop, and the first thing we saw were the blue dockside reception marquee tents blowing through the air,” Mr McCoy added.
“We’ve drifted well away from the berth and collided into a nearby freight/cargo ship.”
The staff couldn’t do anything further after the vessel broke free of its moorings.
His wife, Tracey Hopkin, described it all as “a bit of drama” and said the ship came close to the breakwater rocks in the harbour.