Cruise Ship Hit With 185 km/h Wind Gust

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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A cruise turned into a nightmare for passengers on the Norwegian Escape when the ship encountered a storm.

The ship was hit by a wind gust estimated to be at 185 km/h.

It happened shortly after the boat had departed New York City.

Several passengers were injured. There was debris scatted around the boat, furniture was moved, and some windows had been broken.

On Tuesday morning the ship docked in Florida.

There was no serious damage to the boat.

On March 4, Norwegian released a statement via Twitter, saying: "Just before midnight on Sunday, March 3, Norwegian Escape encountered unexpected weather in the form of a sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots, which resulted in the ship heeling to the port side. Several injuries were reported and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff. There was no damage to the ship; she remains fully operational and continues her scheduled itinerary."

Norwegian Escape is a Breakaway-Plus Class cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, in service since October 2015. It was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany in just 17 months.

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