Several passengers hurt as cruise ship tilts when hit by sudden 115 mph gust

April 2nd, 2019 (last updated)

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 mph, a burst similar to the wind of a Category 3 hurricane. Several passengers and crew members were injured, the company said Tuesday without giving specific numbers or detailing the nature of injuries. Medical teams on board tended to the injured. About a dozen ambulances were at the port when the ship arrived at Port Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday morning, CNN affiliate WESH reported.

There was no damage to the vessel, which arrived at Port Canaveral. The ship is due to leave as scheduled on its next voyage on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET for the Bahamas, the company added.The Norwegian Escape can carry up to 4,266 passengers and 1,733 crew members. The ship, built in 2015, has 20 decks and weighs 164,600 tons.


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