River cruise ship damaged following collision in fog near Wesel, Germany

Viking Kvasir in 2018 (Photo: MarineTraffic.com/Roni Schneider)

A cruise ship suffered damage following a collision with another vessel on the Rhine River near the western German city of Wesel on Sunday, September 11.

Viking Kvasir, a 190-guest ship operated by Viking River Cruises, was underway on the Rhine in an area blanketed by heavy fog when it collided with an unidentified vessel at around 06:50 local time on Sunday.

The impact left the cruise ship’s bow with extensive damage. Injuries were also reported as a number of passengers and crewmembers suffered cuts and bruises caused by broken glassware in some of the onboard rooms.

One crewmember suffered slight burn injuries as he was preparing breakfast in the ship’s galley when the two vessels collided. This individual has since been treated by the ship’s doctor.

Viking Kvasir had earlier departed Antwerp and was en route to Amsterdam when the incident occurred.

Local police and maritime authorities have launched an investigation to identify the events that led to the mishap.

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