Robert May, who filmed the video said he and his wife were having coffee when they noticed the cruise ship heading straight for the docked river boat. “It was scary and unsettling hearing the horn blasts, and watching it collide,” he said.
MSC Cruises said the 2,679-passenger Opera, a 54-meter high and 275-meter long liner which dwarfed the Venice skyline, was approaching a passenger terminal on the Giudecca canal when it hit the dock and a nearby ferry after a technical problem.
Emergency workers said the cruise ship appeared to have lost control after a steel cable that tied it to a tugboat snapped.
Local media said the four injured were female tourists from the United States, Australia and New Zealand aged between 67 and 72.
(Production: Akshata Rao)