Two Carnival cruise ships crashed near a port in Mexico on Friday morning and the jaw-dropping incident was caught on video by quite a few people. Reports indicate that one person was injured during the evacuation process.
According to the Daily Mail, the incident happened in Cozumel, Mexico. The Carnival Glory was about to dock and the Carnival Legend was already moored in port. It seems that as the Glory was maneuvering, it clipped the Legend.
One person from the Glory was reportedly injured in the accident. A number of passengers were apparently evacuated from the dining area after the ships crashed.
Various video clips capturing the incident spread across social media soon after the incident occurred. The back of the Glory hit the front of the Legend as it was swinging in to dock. Onlookers can be heard gasping in some of the footage.
Apparently, the Glory suffered only minor damage, including smashed windows and a bent railing. Initial reports did not detail if the Legend sustained any damage of its own. According to a statement from Carnival, they are currently assessing each of the ships. At this point, they do not believe there has been any damage to either ship that will impact the seaworthiness of the vessels.
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Guests of both cruise ships were encouraged to head ashore to enjoy the day in Cozumel while the vessels were docked and examined by officials.
Carnival has indicated that the one injury sustained was minor and occurred when a Glory passenger within a group of guests was being evacuated from the Deck 3 and 4 dining areas.
Carnival Glory cruise ship hit Carnival Legend while maneuvering in Cozumel, the cruise line says:
"We are assessing the damage but there are no issues that impact the seaworthiness of either ship."
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A number of photos and video clips have hit Twitter capturing the stunning moment. Some appear to be from passengers who were on one of the cruise ships, who happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Others were captured by bystanders in the area who were quick enough to tape the moment the two ships hit, or who were already taping and managed to capture the incident in the background. Some footage contains strong language as shocked onlookers watched the accident play out.
While it is not uncommon for cruise lines to generate headlines for situations that happen onboard — including ones that can be quite serious — it is not often that two ships hit one another and it’s caught on film. Luckily, it doesn’t appear that the accident will cause any significant delays to passengers on either ship.
@CarnivalCruise #carnival #crash #cruise I have the only footage I know of, of the cruise ships crashing as it happened. Excuse the language, the loud explosion and the sudden realization of a ship inside of another ship was very startling lol. Carnival glory and carnival legend pic.twitter.com/PnhJwY0FGY
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