15 people suffer minor injuries when party cruise crashes off NC coast

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CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. – Fifteen people suffered minor injuries when a party cruise boat crashed on the coast of North Carolina.

WECT reported that the Royal Winner Princess II hit the Carolina Beach Wildlife Fishing Pier shortly before 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Six people were taken to the hospital, but all the injuries were minor, according to officials. The victims have since been treated and released.

The crash happened after the vessel lost steering at the start of what was supposed to be a three hour trip, according to authorities. There were 159 people onboard at the time.

The captain said the steering pump went out on the boat and a current pushed him into the boat ramp. Alcohol did not play a role in the wreck, according to an official. There was minor damage done to the boat.

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