Panic as giant ‘out of control’ cruise ship hurtles towards Venice dock sending crew running for their lives

A CRUISE ship came just seconds from disaster in a Venice dock after its captain seemingly lost control of the vessel in a heavy storm.

Poor visibility, lashing rain and strong winds, nearly caused the Costa Deliziosa to come a cropper on Sunday.

A cruise ship almost crashed into the side of a Venice canal in bad weather on Sunday
Youtube/Roberto Ferrucci
The Costa Deliziosa’s captain appeared to lose control of her as she moved along the Giudecca Canal
Youtube/Roberto Ferrucci
The 12 deck behemoth managed to avoid hitting dry land but did scrape a smaller boat moored on the banks of the Sette Martiri.
Youtube/Roberto Ferrucci

Terrifying footage shot from a bar on the pier shows the ship seemingly head straight for the shore.

Crew were sent running for their lives during the frighteningly close call.

The 12 deck behemoth managed to avoid hitting dry land but did scrape a smaller boat moored on the banks of the Sette Martiri.

The dramatic scene unfolded while the ship was being guided out of port by tug boats along the Giudecca Canal.

The video shows the cruise liner sounding its emergency horn and swerving alarmingly close to the dock and other vessels as rain lashed down during a howling gale.

witness Alberto Peratoner told Ansa news agency: “We saw her coming almost on top of us.

“It was at the moment when the storm was at its most intense… [The ship] was having visible difficulty manoeuvring and was heading for the Riva San Biagio dock, veering slightly towards the Riva dei Sette Martiri.R

CLOSE CALL

Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Danilo Toninelli has ordered an investigation, while the city’s prosecutor’s office is looking into the incident.

A spokesperson for Costa Cruises said the ship was able to continue its planned route.

The statement read: “’The violent, extraordinary and sudden meteorological event that affected the entire North East this afternoon, also hit Costa Deliziosa with violent gusts that caused a detour during the passage in the Giudecca Canal in Venice…

“The Captain has always maintained control of the ship even in conditions of extreme and sudden difficulty.

“The ship has resumed its course to the planned destination.”

The incident comes just a month after the 13-deck MSC Opera crashed into a city wharf and tourist river boat on the Giudecca Canal, injuring five people.

That collision reignited calls to ban cruise ships in the city that was once dubbed “The Queen of the Adriatic”

Witnesses said they feared the ship was heading straight for them
Youtube/Roberto Ferrucci
Crew were sent running for their lives during the frighteningly close call.
Youtube/Roberto Ferrucci

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