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At least five injured as cruise ship smashes into dock in Venice

A cruise ship has crashed into a dock and river boat in Venice.

The MSC Opera smashed into the busy Giudecca Canal, a major thoroughfare that leads to Saint Marks Square, at around 8.30am in Italy today, police confirmed.

At least five people are believed to have been injured in the incident.

Video of the crash shows the cruise ship, apparently unable to halt its momentum, plowing into the much smaller river boat and the dock as dozens of people run away in panic.

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Venice is a tremendously popular site for both tourists and cruise ships, especially during the summer tourist season.

@emergenzavvf Follow Follow @emergenzavvf More #2giugno 8:36 Molo San Basilio, #Venezia: nave da crociera scarroccia andando ad urtare la banchina e colpendo un???imbarcazione turistica. Sul posto motobarche e sommozzatori #vigilidelfuoco, situazione sotto controllo Translated from Italian by Microsoft #2giugno 8:36 Pier San Basilio, #Venezia: Cruise ship Scarroccia going to bump the quay and hitting a tourist boat. On the spot motorboats and divers #vigilidelfuoco, situation under control https://twitter.com/emergenzavvf/status/1135100318709104646
The ship hit the dock at speed (Picture: @emergenzavvf)

@emergenzavvf Follow Follow @emergenzavvf More #2giugno 8:36 Molo San Basilio, #Venezia: nave da crociera scarroccia andando ad urtare la banchina e colpendo un???imbarcazione turistica. Sul posto motobarche e sommozzatori #vigilidelfuoco, situazione sotto controllo Translated from Italian by Microsoft #2giugno 8:36 Pier San Basilio, #Venezia: Cruise ship Scarroccia going to bump the quay and hitting a tourist boat. On the spot motorboats and divers #vigilidelfuoco, situation under control https://twitter.com/emergenzavvf/status/1135100318709104646

A riverboat was damaged in the collision (Picture: @emergenzavvf)

@emergenzavvf Follow Follow @emergenzavvf More #2giugno 8:36 Molo San Basilio, #Venezia: nave da crociera scarroccia andando ad urtare la banchina e colpendo un???imbarcazione turistica. Sul posto motobarche e sommozzatori #vigilidelfuoco, situazione sotto controllo Translated from Italian by Microsoft #2giugno 8:36 Pier San Basilio, #Venezia: Cruise ship Scarroccia going to bump the quay and hitting a tourist boat. On the spot motorboats and divers #vigilidelfuoco, situation under control https://twitter.com/emergenzavvf/status/1135100318709104646

People can be heard crying in video footage (Picture: @emergenzavvf)

@emergenzavvf Follow Follow @emergenzavvf More #2giugno 8:36 Molo San Basilio, #Venezia: nave da crociera scarroccia andando ad urtare la banchina e colpendo un???imbarcazione turistica. Sul posto motobarche e sommozzatori #vigilidelfuoco, situazione sotto controllo Translated from Italian by Microsoft #2giugno 8:36 Pier San Basilio, #Venezia: Cruise ship Scarroccia going to bump the quay and hitting a tourist boat. On the spot motorboats and divers #vigilidelfuoco, situation under control https://twitter.com/emergenzavvf/status/1135100318709104646

The cruise ship suffered damage towards the bottom (Picture: emergenzavvf)

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