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Eleven injured when Viking River cruise ship hits bridge in Slovakia


the aegir viking, operated by Viking River Cruises, crashed into a pillar of a Danube bridge in Slovakia last week, injuring eleven people. The accident happened around 3:40 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022. The accident happened near the village of Komárno, about 100 kilometers from Bratislava on the Danube.

The accident was not widely reported. There is no report in the US media. We first learned of the incident when a reader messaged us on Facebook, which you can read hereby the Slovak Transport Minister last Friday.

It is unclear whether the injured were passengers or crew. Eight injured people were taken to hospital.

The minister referred to an alleged “sudden medical indisposition” involving the captain (unidentified) without any explanation. Maybe the captain or whoever was at the helm had a medical condition? But where is the proof? Maybe he was drunk? Or just tired and drowsy at 3:40 in the morning? Who knows? There is no indication that the captain was taken to hospital. It is suggested that details can be provided after investigation.

To the best of our knowledge, Viking River Cruises has not released any statement or comment on social media explaining what led to his ship inexplicably hitting the bridge and Viking also did not comment on the nature of the injuries.

There were only a few reports about the accident, in Slovakia and on the popular German blog site Cruise tours.

Most news sources in Slovakia like nautiv and MyNové Zamky showed the damaged bow of the covered Viking Aegir.

You can see the egir vikingin better days, in a video tweeted by a Viking Cruise guest three years ago:

Danger with river cruising

The most dramatic disaster involving a river cruise ship occurred three years ago when Viking Cruises sigyn viking struck and sank a tourist cruise ship, the ableany (“Mermaid”), in Budapest three years ago (in May 2019). the Mermaid quickly sank in about seven seconds, killing 25 South Korean tourists and two Hungarian crew members.

Several crew members (who wish to remain anonymous) identified the captain of the Viking ship, who was arrested by local police, as Yuriy Chaplinsky.

You can see video of the accident as viking Sigyn overtook and overturned the smaller tourist vessel as the two vessels approached the Margit Bridge in central Budapest here.

The criminal trial regarding this incident began in March 2020 and continued throughout 2020. The outcome of the trial had not been decided. the civil lawsuit filed by survivors and families of deceased South Korean passengers began in Budapest in January this year. A final outcome has not been decided.

In September 2016, another Viking River Cruises ship, the freya viking (right), hit a railway bridge, crushing the wheelhouse and killing two Hungarian officers who were sailing the riverboat. The ship was en route to Budapest at the time of the fatal accident. (125 people left comments on our article with many former Viking customers defending the inexcusable accident).

In December 2017, the M/S Swiss Crystal a river cruise ship collided with a road bridge over the Rhine near Duisburg, Germany, injuring 30 passengers.

On March 21, 2019, the Scylla Edelweiss suffered an electrical fire and collided with a freighter, the Forenso, on the river Waal in the Netherlands.

On April 1, 2019, a collision occurred between the river cruise ship, the idun vikingand an oil tanker, the Chemicals marketer, while ships sailed from Antwerp to Ghent. Four passengers were reportedly injured.

On May 21, 2019, a unidentified river cruise ship (some have identified the ship as a Viking longship) with 183 passengers on board, forgot to lower its wheelhouse and struck a bridge in a similar incident to the freya viking misadventure. Fortunately, no one was killed.

If you are aware of any other accidents involving Viking River Cruises or other river cruise ships, please let us know.

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Image credit: egir viking (top) – Dopravný Úrad via Minister of Transport Andrej Dolezal / Office of Transport of the Slovak Republic); other photos/videos – respective Twitter users; egir viking (middle) – TASR – Ladislav Valach via My Nove Zamky and Juzne Slovensko”Komárno: A cruise ship crashed into a bridge pillar on the Danube; » freya viking (bottom) – UPI via Blick am Abend.