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Viral Video of Huge Cruise Ship Smashed by Construction Crane Emerges

Footage of a large construction crane resting on a luxury cruise ship in the Bahamas has gone viral, racking up more than 495,000 views on Twitter as of 6:30 a.m. ET.

Local paper Bahamas Press shared the video of the Royal Caribbean company's Oasis of the Seas Monday, soon after the crane apparently smashed into the vessel.

Eight injuries were reported, but none are considered life-threatening, shipyard management told Royal Caribbean. The ship was docked at the Grand Bahama shipyard in Freeport for maintenance, so no passengers were on board.

The full extent of damage to the vessel is unclear. “We are aware of damage to the dock structure and to construction cranes,” a company spokesperson said in a statement shared with Newsweek.

With a length of 1,187 feet, a width of 215 feet and a gross register tonnage of 225,282, the enormous liner was once the biggest cruise ship in the world. But Oasis’ record was subsequently bettered by sister ships Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas. Oasis can hold nearly 6,800 passengers and 2,200 crew members.

It was named back in 2009, and the ship’s godmothers include singer Gloria Estefan, figure skater Michelle Kwan, swimmer Dara Torres and actress Jane Seymour. The luxury vessel features an aqua theater, a surf simulator and even a zip line.

Back in October, more than 300 people onboard the Oasis of the Seas fell ill with a suspected norovirus. Staff raced to sanitize the ship to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.

"From our balcony, we can see the rock-climbing wall, and after every user, they are actually hand-cleaning every single knob," passenger Brenda Torres told a local station during the incident.

Royal Caribbean sent the ship home early and offered refunds to passengers.

In other cruise ship news, U.K. authorities recently found more than $2 million worth of cocaine  hidden in bowls and chip bags on the MSC Opera vessel. A dozen suspects were detained in Portugal over the 40-pound stash, officials said in March.

Authorities in Norway were called to rescue passengers on two ships over one weekend in March after a cruise liner and a cargo vessel both got into trouble. Helicopters airlifted hundreds of passengers from the cruise ship, as conditions were too dangerous for smaller boats. Some choppers were rerouted when news broke about a cargo ship experiencing engine troubles.

Cruise Ship, Crash The Oasis of the Seas arrives in Southampton, England, on October 15, 2014. Matt Cardy/Getty Images

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