Tuesday 22 October 2019

Nine feared dead after ship hits control tower

Nick Squires Rome

Nine people are feared dead after a cargo ship rammed into a control tower in the Italian port of Genoa during a night-time manoeuvre.

The collision sent the 165ft cement control tower crashing to the quayside, with much of its mangled remains tumbling into the harbour.

About 14 people were in the glass-topped tower when it was hit by the ship's stern. Some were thrown into the water, others were trapped under rubble or in a lift that may have toppled into the sea.

A 50-year-old man was reportedly pulled alive from the rubble 12 hours after the accident and taken to hospital. Seven bodies have been recovered and at least two people were still missing as the search continued last night, police said.

The cargo ship, the 655ft, 40,500-ton Jolly Nero, reportedly failed to reverse properly before heading out to sea. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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