Cargo Crash Makes for Unwanted House-Boat Combination

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

A cargo ship crashed into a vacation house standing on the edge of a canal in the north of the Netherlands early on Friday morning, after its captain fell asleep at the helm.

The 350 feet "Victus" rammed into the wooden house at Prinses Margrietkanaal canal near Grou, in Frisia, narrowly avoiding injury to the family inside.

Police spokesman Anne Van der Meer told broadcaster RTL4 that the 28-year-old captain went off-course when he fell asleep and was only woken by the sound of the collision.

The house owner Dieuwke Simonetti who was asleep with her husband and two young daughters inside the house described what happened.

"We were launched out of our beds. All kinds of things flew around, glass, wood... And of course it was dark, so you don't know what's happening,"she said.

Simonetti said it was "truly a miracle" that her youngest daughter survived because her room had been completely demolished by the impact.

"Really it's a miracle that's she's still alive. If you see the bed she was sleeping in, you can't imagine there was a little child lying in it. It's really terrible," she said.


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