Ferry crashes into a port wall in the Canary Islands leading to a three-kilometre oil slick

A 'loss of electrical power' is thought to be the cause 

Sunday 23 April 2017 00:16
Comments
EmergCAN - Boat crash - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

A ferry has crashed into a breakwater in a port in the Canary Islands leading to a three-kilometre oil slick.

Spanish authorities said 13 passengers were injured, with emergency services saying five of the wounded had to be hospitalised.

Manolo Vidal, spokesman for Naviera Armas, the company that owns the ferry, said that a "loss of electrical power" caused the accident as the boat was leaving the Puerta de la Luz on the island of Gran Canaria.

The company said that the ferry was able to dock following the accident and that the passengers had been placed in hotels.

Video footage of the incident shows the ferry hitting the breakwater and chunks of concrete tumbling onto the road.

The ferry crashed into underwater fuel pipes leading to a three-kilometre oil slick.

The regional government activated emergency plans to control and clean up the spill.

The Independent was unable to reach Naviera Armas for comment.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in