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This image taken from video shows a Naviera Armas ferry hitting the breakwater at Puerta de la Luz, Gran Canaria, Spain on Friday, April 21, 2017. Thirteen ferry passengers were injured when the boat slammed into a breakwater in a port on the Canary Islands, Spanish authorities said Saturday. Manolo Vidal, spokesman for Naviera Armas, the company that owns the ferry, says that a "loss of electrical power" caused the accident as the boat was leaving the Puerta de la Luz on the island of Gran Canaria Friday night. (EMERGCAN via AP)
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Ferry slams into breakwater in Canary Islands, 13 injured

MADRID — A large ferry slammed bow-first into a breakwater in the Canary Islands, injuring 13 passengers, Spanish authorities said Saturday.

Manolo Vidal, a spokesman for Naviera Armas, the company that owns the ferry, said a “loss of electrical power” caused the accident Friday night as the boat was leaving the port of Puerta de la Luz on the island of Gran Canaria.

Emergency services said five of the injured had to be hospitalized.

Televised images showed the ferry hitting the breakwater head-on, sending chunks of its concrete wall tumbling down onto a service road.

The regional government says it has activated an emergency plan to deal with the 3-kilometer (two-mile) fuel spill caused when the boat’s impact damaged fuel lines running along the breakwater.

The company says the ferry was able to dock following the accident and that uninjured passengers had been placed in hotels.
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