Friday, 18. April 2014 - 10:04
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A dozy Chinese captain is in hot water after taking this luxury cruise liner out for its maiden voyage – and chopping the tunnels off when it went under a bridge that was too low.
Captain Guo Lai, 48, said that the information chart which it was navigating from indicated the bridge at Wenzhou city, in east China’s Zhejiang province was higher but the dozy captain forgot to take into account tidal and other factors and the fact that the ship had no passengers or cargo so was sitting very high in the water.
People travelling on the bridge had gathered to watch the ship said they had shouted and waved towards staff on the ship – but that the people on the bridge and only waved back thinking they were enthusiastically greeting them.
Eyewitness Ming Su said: "It just carried on as if that was not can be a problem and then hit the bridge with an enormous crash. It just cheered the two chimneys of and make the whole bridge shaped – and the ship as well.
"I can't imagine that it hasn't done a fair amount of damage apart from the fact that the two chimneys were lopped off."
Architects are currently checking damage to the bridge which has been closed since the collision.
The creators of the 158 meters long, 30 meters wide and 7 stories high ship which can carry 1000 passengers say that it was not severely damaged by the collision, but had to return to the shipyard for repairs.
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