A ship has crashed into the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark. All traffic across the bridge is stopped, also trains. One crewmember is missing, two
injured (one of them seriously). The ship is called "M/V Karen Danielsen". This is the main bridge (it´s huge) connecting the east and west of
Denmark. They call it "The accident that should not happen". The ship is now stuck under the bridge and they don´t know how damaged the bridge
So basically this guy was drunk, maybe fell asleep at the wheel - how many crew did the ship have?? I don't know if it's normal to pilot a ship
drunk, but someone should of realised he was wasted... 12 minutes is a long time when a bridge is looming.
These are three different incidents involving that ship. The first was when she crashed into the bridge in 2005. The second incident in Denmark was
just before Christmas 2008 (with her new name). Now she's sinking in Norway.
Or maybe not...? They say she will probably sink, but they are not 100% sure. Other ships are assisting, and they're apparently trying to save her. A
crew of 10, from Lithuania and Ukraine, were rescued from her. She is loaded with timber. They are worried about a nearby fishfarm. There's a lot of
timber floating around right now...
The ship is registered in Malta. Is Norwegian-owned. The Captain is Norwegian. The rest of the crew is from Ukraine and Lithuania. The man on the
bridge, who was asleep at the time (causing the accident), is from Ukraine. The rescue operation was dramatic for the crew, and they were saved just
The captain of that boat Helge Hellesund said on state radio NRK that the crew "climbed upward as the ship sank under their feet."
The Norwegian-owned Mirabelle has been involved in several accidents. In 2005, when it was called Karen Danielsen, it slammed into Denmark's
18-kilometer (11-mile) -long Great Belt Bridge, killing one crewman.
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