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Accident: Nine injured as sightseeing boat hits Tower Bridge

06 Jun 2014
Millennium Diamond, a tour boat operated by City Cruises, has crashed into Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London carrying 126 people on board. The incident happened on June 4 at around 12 BST, nine people have been injured. Millennium Diamond had departed Greenwich Pier and had been heading to Tower Bridge. The cause of the incident is yet to be found. Despite the crash, the bridge remained open.

After the crash, the boat sailed to St Katharine Docks. The injured were treated by paramedics, five had to be taken to hospital. London Coastguard were assisted by a Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) lifeboat crew based at Waterloo Bridge. Kevin Maynard, crew member of the Tower RNLI lifeboat, said:

"We launched just after midday and when we arrived the boat had come alongside St Katherine's Pier by Tower Bridge."

"We understand the woman had been standing at the top of some steel steps when the collision happened and the impact knocked her down."
The operator City Cruises stated that the sustained damage of the vessel were minor. The boat was inspected and returned to the headquarters in London.

"City Cruises reacted quickly and continues to work with the authorities for the safety and welfare of its passengers," added City Cruises.

"There have been a number of injuries reported, including crew, who were immediately assessed and are being transferred to local hospitals."
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