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Ship’s Mast Falls, Kills 3 Tourists in Netherlands

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | August 21, 2016

Ship’s Mast Falls, Kills 3 Tourists in Netherlands

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Three German tourists died on Sunday in the Netherlands when the mast of the ship they were on fell on top of them, ABC News reported. 

According to ABC, Friesland provincial police tweeted that they were investigating how the mast broke near the port town of Harlingen, 68 miles north of Amsterdam.

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The victims were part of a group of 12 family members who were on the ship, police told ABC.

Harlingen mayor Roel Sluiter told the Hart van Nederland news show that he was shocked by the incident. 

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The ship was returning from a trip to the Wadden Sea, Hart van Nederland reported.

Police told the news show that the ship’s skipper was arrested because he owns the vessel and is therefore responsible for the safety of its passengers.

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