Yachts in River Dart smashed by 539ft cruise liner

Dartmouth Harbour Authority said it has launched an investigation and is now trying to track down the owners of the damaged boats. Witnesses reported seeing boat owners ‘running from their vessels in pyjamas’ as the 539ft Saga Pearl II edged towards the smaller pleasure vessels that were moored up. Damage was caused to four yachts while the cruise ship tried to turn as it was being piloted by the harbormaster at Dartmouth, Devon.

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    The cruise ship collided with smaller boats moored in the harbour.

    Four yachts were damaged as the cruise ship tried to turn when it was being piloted by the harbour master this morning.

    Dartmouth Harbour Authority said it had launched an investigation and is now trying to track down the owners of the damaged boats.

    Steve McMillan (credited for pictures), 54, from Brixham in Devon, who witnessed the incident, said: "The Saga Pearl II collided with four yachts on the way in to Dartmouth.

    "She turned in too wide and people were running out of their boats in their pyjamas on a nearby pontoon adjacent to the yacht club. It really was close."

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    The 18,500 tonne Sage Pearl II collided with small boats.

    "During a manoeuvre to turn, the ship clipped four yachts causing superficial damage.

    "No one was hurt in the incident and the harbour office is now making all efforts to contact the owners of the yacht involved.

    "Records from the incident are being collated and will be analysed in order to identify exactly why this occurred and what can be learnt."

    The Saga Pearl II is currently on its final season hosting cruises for Saga touring Western Europe including England, France and Spain.

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