(Adds 40 crew onboard, details)
AMSTERDAM, June 22 A cruise ship carrying 154
passengers and 40 crew was evacuated after it sprang a leak on a
river in the eastern Netherlands early on Sunday morning,
emergency services said.
All the passengers, mostly pensioners from Germany and
Austria, were safely helped off the 110-metre (360-foot) long
Britannia and taken to shelters.
The cause of the leak was not immediately known. No one was
injured, a spokesman said.
The multi-deck cruise ship was on the IJssel river, 110
kilometres (68 miles) east of the capital, Amsterdam, on its way
to Cologne, Germany, when it ran into trouble.
Divers were on their way to determine the cause.
(Reporting By Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore
and Jane Merriman)