Witnesses: Sightseeing boat hits bridge near Bayside, no injuries

MIAMI (WSVN) - A sightseeing boat in Downtown Miami sustained damage after, witnesses said, it crashed into a bridge, Thursday night.

According to employees of the company that owns the sightseeing pirate ship, called “El Loro,” the vessel was coming back to dock at Bayside when it clipped the bridge. They did not specify which bridge the ship struck.

7News cameras captured the vessel with a broken mast, as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue surveyed the damage.

Employees said there were about five people on board at the time of the crash, but no one was hurt.

Rescue crews, however, did not take any chances. Officials said the incident initially came in as a much larger call.

7News cameras showed dozens of fire trucks and ambulances surrounded Bayside. Thankfully, no one needed to go to the hospital.

“El Loro,” which is Spanish for “the parrot,” is run by Miami Aqua Tours out of Bayside.

The cause of the crash remains unclear, but company employees said it could have been much worse. There is no word as to how much repairs will cost.

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