Published on : Friday, May 10, 2019
A ferryboat carrying almost 350 people has been stranded off the coast of Split, Croatia, after experiencing some technical problems. One engine of the ferry Aurelia malfunctioned, according to local Croatian media, which has caused the ship to drift into the Adriatic Sea.
The ferry was run by Italian firm SNAV and was travelling overnight from Ancona in Italy to Split when the ferry experienced technical problems.
According to local media reports, two tugboats have been sent to help the stranded ferry, although strong winds meant they had to turn back.
David Radas, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure told that since the whirlwinds were blowing more than five meters in the meantime and it was decided that they were not adequate and returned to the port of the departure.
If the boat cannot land in Split due to strong winds, it will try to dock in Zadar. It is expected to dock sometime this evening. As well as 250 passengers and 97 crew members, there are also 50 cars onboard. All passengers are believed to be fine.
A SNAV spokesman said that shortly after 3:30pm a tugboat reached the ship and started towing it towards Split, where it is due to arrive this evening. In the wake of this emergency the ship’s command has taken quick action, ensuring the safety of the ship, passengers and crew, and having received constant support from the shore-side. The Captain is keeping passengers informed about the evolving situation. SNAV wishes to the passengers for the inconvenience and the delay.
Another passenger, Branko Kronja, said that those on board had initially been panicking and nervous but the condition calmed down when they learned that the life-raft was on the way. A stronger boat was sent late on Thursday morning but conditions were still difficult.