A cruise ship, Britannia, broke free from its moorings and collided with a freight vessel during a storm in Mallorca, Spain. Passengers on board described being confined to their cabins as they were pushed ashore by tugs. A walkway also fell into the sea during the incident. P&O Cruises, the operator of Britannia, stated that a small number of people sustained minor injuries and are being cared for on board. The ship will stay in Palma for a technical assessment. Videos and images recorded by passengers showed the emergency response and debris floating in the sea.
The incident occurred during an emergency drill while a sudden rain and wind storm hit the area, causing the ship to break free from its dockside moorings. The ship drifted away from the berth and collided with a nearby freight/cargo ship. Torrential rain and strong gusts of wind have also led to the cancellation of over 20 flights in the area. The captain assured passengers that there was no structural compromise, but deck five sustained some damage. P&O Cruises is currently assessing the situation and passengers will have access to onboard entertainment and activities while the ship is being assessed.
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