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Tuesday, August 24, 1999 Published at 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK


Picture gallery: Channel collision

The Norwegian Dream luxury liner carrying 2,400 people and the Ever Decent cargo ship collided in the English Channel in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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The impact caused a huge gash in the bow of the Norwegian Dream.

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The damaged boat managed to sail to Dover where it docked safely. Twenty four passengers were slightly hurt.

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Containers from the Ever Decent toppled onto the deck of the Norwegian Dream when the two vessels hit each other.

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Fire broke out on the Ever Decent and salvage tugs tried to douse the flames by spraying water onto the boat.

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There is some hazardous cargo on board the container ship but coastguards say there is no major risk of pollution at the moment.

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Norwegian Dream passengers were relieved to have their feet back on solid ground.

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