One person was killed and 10 were slightly injured when a tourist boat collided with a barge on the Seine near Notre Dame Cathedral, police and fire department officials said today.
Sources close to an investigation quoted the captain of the tourist boat as saying the barge was poorly lit, while the barge captain said the other boat ignored a signal. Manuel Bessa, 28, a Portuguese tourist, was killed instantly when a plate-glass window swung shut from the impact of the collision and slammed into his head, officials said.
Police said the glass-enclosed tourist vessel was carrying about 500 people, mostly visitors, when it collided with the 2,500-ton barge. The barge was in a convoy of five boats carrying sand.