Footage shows terrifying moment cruise ship crashes into tourist boat in Venice 3 weeks ago

Footage shows terrifying moment cruise ship crashes into tourist boat in Venice

People can be seen running away in the shocking video.

Footage posted to social media has shown the terrifying moment that a cruise ship attempting to dock in Venice smashed into a tourist boat, injuring at least five people.

Italian police confirmed that the MSC Opera crashed into the Giudecca Canal, which leads to Saint Mark’s Square, at around 8.30am on Sunday morning.

In a video of the incident, the cruise ship ploughs into the riverboat and the dock, with the crowd forced to flee.

You can watch the footage here:

Venice, famous for its canals, is a hotspot for tourists with many cruise ships docking at the location over the summer.

The city recently announced it would be introducing a tourist tax from September this year, in a bid to reduce overcrowding.