14 injured in Antwerp Water Bus collision

In Antwerp the Water Bus that operates between the Port of Antwerp and the Steen in the city centre was involved in a collision near the dyke promenade at St Anneke on the Antwerp Left Bank.  Two people were badly injured.  In all 14 people were taken to hospital.

The Water Bus, a form of water-borne taxi crashed into a pontoon near St Anneke at 6AM.  The weather is believed to have played a major role.  Gert Ickx of the Antwerp Port Company: “There was a lot of rain and wind.  As a result the Water Bus hit the floating pier.”

Federal police report that nobody suffered life-threatening injuries. 

“One member of the crew had to be lifted off the vessel in a horizontal position using a crane because his back was injured” says Gert Ickx.  

The Water Bus was later able to sail on under its own steam without passengers.  People wishing to catch a Water Bus should check the app or the Water Bus website to see if their service is running.