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Sea wall breached after ship loses control, crashes

A stunning video shows a large ship slowly approaching a sea wall before ultimately colliding with the wall and causing massive damage. The ship, called the Volcan de Tamasite, was supposed to travel from Tenerife to Las Palmas but during the trip there was a power outage on the ship that temporarily disabled the pilot's ability to steer the ship. It careened out of control and eventually barreled into a sea wall. A large section of the wall broke apart, but it doesn't appear to have caused any massive water spillage.

With 140 people aboard and 30 crew members, this could have been a major disaster. But thankfully, it appears the only serious damage involved in this ship accident was structural. No life-threatening injuries were reported, though five people needed to be hospitalized as a result of the crash.

All eyes now are on the investigation into this bizarre and incredible accident. What caused the power outage? Did the operator of the vessel act properly once he was aware of the emergency situation? Did the crew members also act accordingly? Was there something that could have been done to prevent this accident from occurring?

It will be interesting to see what comes of this investigation. This story shows yet another way that a cruise ship or any passenger ship could suddenly become involved in a serious accident. Operator negligence, an unsafe ship, a power outage, and many other reasons could lead to an out of control ship that collides with the shorelines, a wall, or another vessel.

If you or a loved one was injured in a ship accident, it is important to consult with an attorney who has experience handling these complex legal claims. At the Law Offices of John W. Merting, we have more than 40 years of experience and can protect your right to fair compensation.

Source: The Drive, "Watch This Giant Ocean Ferry Crash Straight Into a Sea Wall," Will Sabel Courtney, April 24, 2017

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