It took only seconds for onlookers along one Southern California pier to realize that the incoming Adventure Hornblower was not slowing down. Moments later, the vessel slammed into the dock.
Local authorities launched an investigation Friday into what exactly caused the crash, which took place around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon and left three passengers injured, according to the Port of San Diego.
There were five crew members on the ship and 139 passengers aboard the 150-foot cruiser at the time of the crash. Three individuals, whose condition is unknown, were taken to the hospital, authorities said.
Though it took well over an hour for passengers to safely exit the ship, according to the Coast Guard, nothing hazardous spilled into the water and Harbor police and engineers secured the damaged seawall.
Port authorities said crews were set to begin repairing the wrecked seawall and barrier railings as soon as possible.
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