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Sydney Harbor Party Boat Crash Injures Seven People, Police Say

Seven people were injured and required treatment in hospital after a party boat crashed into moored vessels and a wharf at Sydney Harbor last night, Australian police said today.

One man suffered suspected spinal and neck injuries and others sustained broken arms and ribs, concussions and abrasions in the incident that occurred at about 11:45 p.m. at Pyrmont Bay, New South Wales state police said in a statement.

The boat, carrying 39 passengers and four crew members, had “extensive damage after crashing into several moored boats before impacting heavily with the wharf,” police said. A 45-year-old man, who was master of the vessel, was breath-tested for alcohol and no traces were found, according to the statement.

A collision between a fishing trawler and an overloaded cruiser in May 2008 left six people dead in what police described as the worst fatal crash on the harbor in living memory. The waterway is a focal point for tourism and recreation in Australia’s largest city, including the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Police said today that early indications suggested the boat may have suffered mechanical failure prior to the crash.

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