Storm Ylenia brought strong winds to parts of Germany as passengers on a ferry traveling on the Elbe River in Hamburg were seen fleeing from freezing water as it gushed in from the bow
This is the terrifying moment wave crashes through ferry windows and pummels passengers during a horrific storm.
Storm Ylenia has caused mass disruption in parts of Germany as video circulating on social media shows waves breaking windows of a ferry traveling on the Elbe river in Hamburg.
The horror movie-like scene shows the bow of the ferry dipping down as it battles massive waves.
As the water comes above the windows it smashes with such force that a person sitting at the front appears to get swept off their seat.
The video, which was filmed further back, then shows other passengers picking up their belongings as water is seen rushing past their feet.
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A scream is heard while the passenger flees from the freezing water as it gushes across the floor.
No one was seriously injured, according to reports.
HADAG Managing Director Tobias Haack said it happened this morning while the ferry was traveling from Teufelsbrück to the Airbus plant pier.
Authorities are now trying to locate the passengers after they were able to leave the ferry on foot.
Mr Haack said: “It was an incident that we’ve never had before.”
An investigation will reportedly be launched into why the safety glass broke.
Storm Ylenia has unleashed his fury over Germany as national railway company Deutsche Bahn said it has stopped long-distance train services in seven out of the country’s 16 states.
The company said in a statement: “Some long-distance trains end and begin well before the affected states.”
By 12.30pm GMT, gale force winds had claimed one life as one person died in a car after a tree collapsed on them in Lower Saxony, local police said.
The German Meteorological Service (DWD) said in a tweet it had recorded a wind speed of 94mph on the highest peak of the Harz mountain range in northern Germany at around midnight.
More than 170 towns and cities were also said to be affected by power cuts and schools in some states were shut today.
In Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the power cuts affected around 50,000 households according to a statement on the official website of the region’s Borken district.