Several hurt after Hornblower cruise ship crashes into dock

SAN DIEGO – Several people were injured when a Hornblower bay-cruiser slammed into a dock along the San Diego Embarcadero Thursday afternoon.

The Adventure Hornblower hit a concrete wall while docking near North Harbor Drive around 1 p.m., the San Diego Harbor Police told KSWB.  Three of the 140 passengers aboard the ship complained of back pain and were taken to a hospital.  Four other people were evaluated by medical staff, but didn't need further care.

A mechanical malfunction was to blame for the crash, officials said.

The 22-year-old, three-deck ship offers bay dinner cruises, sightseeing tours and ocean whale-watching outings.  The amount of damage to the Hornblower was not immediately known.