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12 Jun, 2016 00:40

Biblical collision: Noah’s Ark crashes into Norwegian coast guard ship (VIDEO, PHOTO)

Biblical collision: Noah’s Ark crashes into Norwegian coast guard ship (VIDEO, PHOTO)

A full-size replica of Noah’s Ark was severely damaged when it crashed into a Norwegian Coast Guard vessel as it was leaving the Oslo harbor.

The 70-meter-long (230-foot) ship was being towed out of the harbor Friday morning by tugboats when “several things went wrong”, according to a statement from Ark of Noah. 

While maneuvering out of the harbor, the ark crashed into a crane protruding from a coast guard vessel, taking out an entire side of the wooden ship.

Video footage captured the crash as it happened from a distance, but pictures showing the aftermath reveal the full extent of the ship’s damage.

Nobody was injured in the collision, but the ark, which acts as a museum, will be staying in the harbor until repair work can be carried out, although the statement added, “we don’t know how it will be fixed yet”.

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The ship was one of two arks built by Dutch carpenter Johan Huibers over a seven-year period after he dreamed of a flood in his hometown. 

Since then, more than a million people have visited the replicas to see domesticated animals like llamas, ponies and rabbits, according to The New York Times.