Pandaw River Expeditions said its Kindat Pandaw ship had a "minor" collision with a pontoon bridge on the Ganges River.

Reports said there were no injuries, but passengers were evacuated to the riverbank.

"Indeed, there was a very minor collision with a pontoon bridge on the Upper Ganges, and the hull was holed above the waterline. The hole is just a few inches in diameter and has been plugged," Pandaw Group founder Paul Strachan said in a statement. "A welder is on his way to seal it. At no point were passengers at risk and they were disembarked only as a precaution."

The 36-passenger, two deck ship is one of two shallow-draft Pandaw river vessels that sail the Ganges as far as Burma.

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