Posted on August 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The French-flagged Passenger Ship, BURDIGALA II collided with a security pole during the afternoon hours of August the 18th.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 pm, while the vessel was transiting through the Garonne River, near Chaban Bridge in Bordeaux, France.
According to initial reports, the Burdigala suffered an electric malfunction that led to it crashing onto the central security pole.
As a result of the accident, at least 11 people were injured. The vessel itself suffered extensive damage during the process, mostly centred around its bow.
Following the collision, a number of passengers fell down as the ship ran aground after hitting a cement wall near the riverbank.
At the time, the vessel had ninety-seven people on board, including seven crew members.
Over thirty-six fire brigade vehicles, two fireboats and fifty-five firefighters were involved in the rescue.
They managed to evacuate the wounded passengers, most of which reported bruises and neck pain.
Three of them were diagnosed with serious injuries, including numerous fractures and had to be taken to the CHU and Saint Andre hospital.
The rest of the passengers were taken aboard a second vessel, the cruise ship Sardane.