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“I didn’t do it”: Watch as sightseeing ship strikes World War II vessel on Hudson River

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

A passenger vessel travelling the Hudson River has collided with a decommissioned war vessel, with footage of the incident emerging online.

The US Coast Guard is investigating a ship strike incident, after a Dutch Apple Cruises vessel collided with a World War II destroyer escort on the Hudson River near Albany, New York last week.

Footage shared on Twitter by one of the passengers captured the moment the ships collided, with someone seemingly exclaiming “I didn’t do it”.

The 65-foot Dutch Apple II, whose design is derived from “popular Hudson River Dayliners of an earlier era”, according to Dutch Apple Cruises, is a sightseeing vessel offering tours of the Hudson River. The USS Slater, on the other hand, is a decommissioned vessel now serving as a museum.

The Times Union reported the Dutch Apple II was returning to dock when the incident occurred. Thankfully, no one was injured; however, the Dutch Apple II reportedly suffered minor damage.

Following the incident, the US Coast Guard ordered the cruise ship not to carry any passengers until the cause of the collision could be investigated.

In a statement obtained by Fox News, a Dutch Apple Cruises spokesperson said: “We were instructed to not carry passengers until the US Coast Guard came to do an inspection, which is standard procedure after any incident.

“After our [US Coast Guard] inspection … it was deemed that there was an error using the transmission throttle, which caused the engine to come out of gear while trying to dock.

“This, combined with very high winds, caused the boat to quickly drift into the USS Slater. The US Coast Guard has deemed the Dutch Apple to be in perfect working condition, no engine or transmission issues and no structural damage.

“Only superficial damage was assessed to the boarding doors, which have already been replaced. They also gave us clearance to begin operations again as of yesterday. We have already been out on three cruises since then and have resumed normal operations.”

Closer to home, a passenger ship with an equally whacky name had the misfortune of crashing into an unknown object on the Brisbane River. Adding insult to injury, a passenger on board was sent flying through the floor of the second floor of the vessel and landed on someone sitting on the toilet.

Featured image: Instagram/@dutchapplecruises

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