Two inland slopes collided on the Weser on Sunday – one of them sunk as a result. The crew had to be rescued by the fire brigade.
Balge – There was a lot going on on the otherwise rather calm Weser on Sunday (August 8th)! One goes from an “immense damage”, as a spokesman for the water police said. Before that, around noon, two barges collided on the Weser near Balge in the Lower Saxony district of Nienburg. One of the ships sank as a result.
Accident on the Weser: ship sunk – fire brigade had to rescue the crew
As the Nienburg police announced on Twitter, the crew of the sunk ship had to be rescued by the fire brigade and brought ashore. According to initial findings, no one was injured. “Currently, hazardous substances are still leaking,” the emergency services continued to write in the late afternoon. How the accident happened on Sunday afternoon was initially unclear.
The ship, which is around 67 meters long and eight meters wide, had several tons of maize on board. As a result of the accident, operating materials leaked from the ship, which should be stopped with the help of oil barriers on the water. Rescue workers from the technical relief organization secured the ship so that it could not drift away.
After a collision on the Weser: Shipping traffic paralyzed
According to the water police, the depth of the river in the area is between three and four meters. The second ship was also damaged in the accident. The Weser was closed to shipping in the affected area.
How long the lockdown will last is still unclear. According to a spokesman for the water police, more detailed investigations of the wreck will not begin until Monday (August 9). Divers should then clarify, for example, how the cargo can be removed from the ship and how the ship can be recovered. (ph / dpa) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA