Several Passengers, Crew Members Hurt When 115 miles per hour Gust Tilts Cruise Ship

Several Passengers, Crew Members Hurt When 115 miles per hour Gust Tilts Cruise Ship”

At least eight passengers aboard a Norweigan cruise ship have been taken to hospitals in Florida after an "unexpected", strong gust of wind tilted the ship to the left.

Tony Ciaramello, a man from New Jersey who was aboard the ship, described the scene to Eyewitness News: "People flying all over the place".

The Norwegian Cruise Line's Escape, a passenger ship capable of cruising with 6,000 people, was pushed suddenly Sunday night by a gust of wind about 115 miles per hour, a burst similar to the wind of a Category 3 hurricane.

"Several injuries were reported, and those guests and crew received immediate attention and were treated by the ship's medical staff", the Norwegian spokesperson said.

"The scariest sh** just happened on this cruise".

It was anything but smooth sailing for passengers on board the Norwegian Escape.

"The boat tilted nearly completely on its side", she wrote.

She went on to detail that the life rafts on the deck below her and her friend's stateroom on the 16th floor were "completely submerged" and that everything in their room kept "falling and sliding".

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"I have never been so scared in my whole life", she wrote. "Holding each other, crying, smoking", she added.

The Escape will put in at Port Canaveral and then continue with its planned itinerary.

Aaron Black, also on the ship at the time, told CNN, that this was unlike anything he had ever experience on a cruise.

As the ship tilted, furniture slid around, and dishes were smashed, per passenger accounts.

Norwegian Escape is a Breakaway-Plus Class cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, in service since October 2015. There's no exaggeration on statements and pictures posted online. "Ship was like at 45 degrees angle...freaked out everyone...but they said it was normal lol".

The ship didn't receive any damage and is fully operational.

The Escape can carry up to 4,266 passengers and 1,733 crew members.

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