Faulty joystick blamed

A faulty joystick has been identified as the cause of a near-fatal German ferry smash.

The 300-gt Adler Express (built 1994) hit a quay in Wittdun on Wednesday at eight knots, injuring 27 people.

German accident investigators said the cause was a malfunctioning component in the steering control.

The vessel will now have its bow repaired in Husum over the next four or five days.

The two passengers who suffered life-threatening injuries have been taken out of intensive care.

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