Monday, June 25, 2007

Tourist Injured In Ship Collision

A 68-year-old Japanese tourist who was injured when two ships collided is still receiving treatment in a hospital in Shanghai but the other injured tourists have been discharged, hospital sources said. The Japanese tourist fell to the floor when the "Shikumen" passenger ship crashed around 6:40 p.m. in heavy rain into a cargo ship moving in the opposite direction at a section of the Huangpu River that runs through downtown Shanghai. Twenty-four tourists, including 12 from Japan and Spain, were injured in the collision, but most of them just suffered slight bruises, said a doctor from Shanghai No. 1 People's Hospital.
Shanghai on the Huangpu River
The doctor did not say what injury the Japanese man suffered nor when he would be discharged. "Rain meant that the tourists had to keep to their cabins before the collision. Otherwise, the consequences would have been much more serious," said a tourist guide. The passenger ship with 216 tourists aboard managed to anchor at a nearby pier after the accident. The cargo ship, from neighboring Zhejiang province, was seized by police when attempting to flee. Maritime authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

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