Passengers filmed the shocking moment a large cargo ship rammed into a small boat before it sunk.
The crash on Nicaragua’s Escondido River was caught on camera as the smaller boat, called Captain D, was struck by the Jan Caribe cargo ship.
Footage captured on board Captain D showed the cargo ship blared its horn in a bid for the smaller boat to stave off the collision course.
But it’s too late for either vessel as the camera judders upon the crash impact.
Passengers are spotted running to the other side of the boat with people heard praying: “Please Lord, help us.”
A view over the side reveals the large bulbous bow on the front of the Jan Caribe has pierced the Capitan D.
A second film shot from the riverbank shortly afterwards shows the Capitan D sinking beneath the muddy water.
It lost all its cargo but all passengers and crew were rescued and there were no injuries.
The Jan Caribe was dented but still watertight.
Officials say the Jan Caribe started its trip in El Bluff on the eastern coast of Nicaragua at around 8.30am with ten crew members, three passengers and 674,632 tonnes of cargo, heading for El Rama upriver.
The Capitan D started its trip at around 10.30am in the port of El Rama with 11 members of crew and 30 passengers, and a load of 16.14 tonnes of cargo.
It was travelling to the port of Bluefields on the eastern coast.
Local merchant navy boss Jose Berrios said: “The important thing is that there are no victims, we are going to investigate the accident in order to find out who is responsible.”
Passengers and crew were transferred to the port of El Rama.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
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