Nightmare Experience for Passengers as Cruise Ship Slammed By "Rogue Gust"


Several people suffered injuries on board the Norwegian Escape after a rogue gust of wind caused the ship to tilt towards its port side. Norwegian Cruise Line explained that a "sudden, extreme gust of wind," which reached a top speed of around 115 miles per hour, hit the ship as it was heading south from New York City to Port Canaveral, Florida.

The gust of wind struck the ship just around midnight and sent tables, chairs and even people flying across the floor. One of the passengers,Michael Patterson,shared photos of the aftermath on Twitter.

Another passenger,Tony Ciaramello,described the harrowing incident to ABC7.

"People flying all over the place. All dishes and bottles smashing all over the place in the bars. Signs falling, chairs flying across the main room. I went flying as it tilted and landed on my stomach and slid like 20 feet and smashed into a guard rail in the middle of the floor."

Norwegian said that those who suffered injuries were treated on the ship and that when they arrived in Port Canaveral, some people were transported to local hospitals for further treatment. They said that the boat was not damaged by the rogue gust of wind and the ship would continue on its seven-day journey as scheduled.

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