Cruise ship battered by freak wave

Apr 18, 2005
Author: P&S

It’s not only Southern Africa’s Wild Coast that produces those freak ‘killer’ waves. The 92 250-gt Norwegian Dawn, en route for New York from the Bahamas was struck by a 21m freak wave on Friday night (15 April 2005), smashing two windows and flooding more than 60 cabins. A few passengers received minor injuries.

The 2002-built ship, which can carry up to 2,224 passengers was sailing north after having experienced very stormy weather when the freak wave struck, somewhere off the coast of Florida. The seas were calm at the time. According to NCL the integrity of the ship was never in any danger but passengers donned their life jackets as a precaution.

Following the incident Norwegian Dawn put into Charleston harbour to assess and repair damage and was due to sail for New York later today (Monday). Passengers whose cabins were flooded were flown home from Charleston.


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