Skip to main content

VIDEO: Sudden danger

The day was anything but predictable at a dock in San Diego as a 150-foot whale-watching ship came in hard — so hard it left tourists scrambling to escape a violent collision.

“I saw it coming in fast. It hit the dock, bounced off and continued too fast to stop. The woman next to me fell, she was hurt pretty bad,” passenger Osmond DeSousa told the San Diego Union-Tribune after the March 31 accident. “The crew were walking on the deck, yelling, ‘Brace yourselves or hold on to something.’ ”

Take a look for yourself.

The crew of the Adventure Hornblower reported a mechanical malfunction that caused the throttle to become stuck in the forward position, San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief David Gerboth told the Union-Tribune.

The crew, coming in to dock along North Harbor Drive near Broadway, was unable to stop the boat and prevent the crash.