A river cruise ship carrying nearly 200 people was evacuated in the early hours of 22 June, after it sprung a major leak in the eastern Netherlands.

The Nicko Tours-operated Britannia ship was carrying 154 Austrian and German passengers and 40 crew members.

At the time of the incident, the ship was on the IJssel River near the city of Zutphen, sailing towards Cologne, Germany.

All passengers have been evacuated safely with no injuries reported.

The cause of the leak is not known yet and investigations are underway.

“Britannia ship was carrying 154 Austrian and German passengers and 40 crew members.”

Dutch emergency services spokesman Robert Spijkerman told AFP: “All 154 passengers and 40 crew members have been evacuated from the ship and we’re trying to pump out water to prevent her from sinking.”

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“She has a large hole near the stern and we’re not sure we’ll be able to keep her afloat.”

The Zutphen city council said in a statement that the ship has been drained and will soon be stabilised.

Image: The Britannia passenger ship. Photo: courtesy of Zutphen.