Whale watching boat crashes into San Diego dock

San Diego, Calif. (NBC) — At approximately 12:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016, a Hornblower Cruises & Events vessel, the Adventure Hornblower, hit the seawall near its dock at 970 North Harbor Drive, San Diego.

At the time, 139 passengers and five crew members were on board. Three injured passengers were transported to an area hospital.

On report of the incident, the Coast Guard immediately deployed the Cutter Haddock to establish and maintain a safety perimeter, according to Captain Joseph Buzzella, Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Sector San Diego and Captain of the Port. The main concern was the safety of the passengers. The Coast Guard assessed the area and determined there were no pollution concerns. The incident is still under investigation.

The Port of San Diego Harbor Police and Engineering staff secured the seawall for safety on notice of the incident. Port Chief Engineer Ernesto Medina said the Port is investigating the incident and will work diligently to have the seawall and barrier railings repaired as soon as possible.

(Video courtesy Steve Holden/YouTube)

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