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A pleasure boat full of tourists has crashed into Westminster Bridge on the River Thames.

Emergency services have been called out after the City Cruisers boat, the 'Millennium of Peace' hit the underside of the central London bridge around 4pm on Saturday.

Witnesses claimed passengers were “screaming” as the vessel became wedged under the structure, and photos posted on social media showed the boat firmly stuck on the stretch of the river near the Houses of Parliament.

There were no injuries reported, but police said the bridge had been temporarily closed while crews attempt to dislodge the vessel.

“London Fire Brigade and the local authority are in attendance,” said Metropolitan Police. “No injuries ... This incident is not terror related.”

Witness Gabby Moran, filming from the pavement, tweeted: “Just witnessed the top of this ferry get crushed and now stuck, Westminster Bridge, crazy seeing the people scream and getting stuck under the bridge.”

Photographer Mark Slater said “you could hear people crying and screaming” after the boat hit the bridge “with a force”.

A spokesperson for Westminster City Council said: “The council is liaising with the emergency services after a boat collided with Westminster Bridge this afternoon. Our staff are on hand to provide assistance.”

City Cruises offers sightseeing tours and dining cruises along the River Thames. The company is yet to comment on Saturday’s crash.

 

UPDATE: The vessel has now been moved and it's rumoured that the new skipper thought he could fit under the bridge!

 

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13 hours ago, TonyMWeaver said:

A pleasure boat full of tourists has crashed into Westminster Bridge on the River Thames.

Emergency services have been called out after the City Cruisers boat, the 'Millennium of Peace' hit the underside of the central London bridge around 4pm on Saturday.

Witnesses claimed passengers were “screaming” as the vessel became wedged under the structure, and photos posted on social media showed the boat firmly stuck on the stretch of the river near the Houses of Parliament.

There were no injuries reported, but police said the bridge had been temporarily closed while crews attempt to dislodge the vessel.

“London Fire Brigade and the local authority are in attendance,” said Metropolitan Police. “No injuries ... This incident is not terror related.”

Witness Gabby Moran, filming from the pavement, tweeted: “Just witnessed the top of this ferry get crushed and now stuck, Westminster Bridge, crazy seeing the people scream and getting stuck under the bridge.”

Photographer Mark Slater said “you could hear people crying and screaming” after the boat hit the bridge “with a force”.

A spokesperson for Westminster City Council said: “The council is liaising with the emergency services after a boat collided with Westminster Bridge this afternoon. Our staff are on hand to provide assistance.”

City Cruises offers sightseeing tours and dining cruises along the River Thames. The company is yet to comment on Saturday’s crash.

 

UPDATE: The vessel has now been moved and it's rumoured that the new skipper thought he could fit under the bridge!

 

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Whoops, that won't look very good on the CV...:S

Chris

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It could have been "oh dearie me" from those onlookers standing on Westminster Bridge, but I would imagine the man on the bridge with the smart white shirt said something closer to               "oh B¤%%*§^S"....:o

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4 hours ago, Gareth said:

It’s always good to post a link to the story rather than copy and pasting the text so the journalist gets credited for their work as say that as my son went to university for 4 years to study journalism.

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