US girl killed when ‘rogue wave’ strikes Antarctic cruise ship

An American girl died and 4 different passengers have been injured when a “rogue wave” hit a Viking cruise ship crusing close to the southernmost tip of South America on an Antarctic cruise, the corporate stated Thursday. 

The unidentified 62-year-old girl was hit by damaged glass when the wave broke cabin home windows on the Viking Polaris ship late Tuesday throughout a storm, Argentine authorities stated. The ship suffered restricted injury and arrived in Ushuaia, 1,926 miles south of Buenos Aires, the subsequent day.

“It’s with nice disappointment that we confirmed a visitor handed away following the incident,” Viking stated in an announcement. “We have now notified the visitor’s household and shared our deepest sympathies.”

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One individual was killed and 4 different passengers have been injured when an enormous wave broke a number of panes of glass on a cruise ship crusing in Antarctic waters in a storm on Tuesday. 
(Alexis Delelisi /AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

The 4 passengers injured have been handled onboard the ship by a physician and medical workers for non-life-threatening accidents, the corporate stated. 

The ship itself sustained “restricted injury,” Viking stated. 

“We’re investigating the info surrounding this incident and can supply our assist to the related authorities,” the corporate stated. “Our focus stays on the security and wellbeing of our friends and crew, and we’re working immediately with them to rearrange return journey.”

Rogue waves, also referred to as “excessive storm waves” by scientists, are larger than twice the scale of surrounding waves and sometimes come unexpectedly from instructions apart from prevailing wind and waves, in line with the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Suzie Gooding, who was on the ship when the incident occurred, informed WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, that it felt just like the ship had struck an iceberg.

“Every part was wonderful till the rogue wave hit, and it was simply sudden. Stunning,” she stated. “We didn’t know if we should always get our gear prepared for abandoning ship.”

The Viking Polaris ship is seen anchored in waters of the Atlantic Ocean in Ushuaia, southern Argentina, on Thursday.

The Viking Polaris ship is seen anchored in waters of the Atlantic Ocean in Ushuaia, southern Argentina, on Thursday.
(Alexis Delelisi /AFP by way of Getty Photographs)

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Viking stated it has canceled the ship’s subsequent scheduled departure, the Antarctic Explorer, slated to sail from Dec. 5-17. The Viking Polaris, a vessel that has luxurious amenities and was in-built 2022, has a capability for 378 passengers and 256 crew members.

The Related Press contributed to this report.