‘Extreme’ and ‘sudden’ gust of wind sends cruise passengers, objects flying

(ABC) — Several guests and crew members were injured aboard a Norwegian cruise ship on Sunday after an “extreme” gust of wind rocked the boat, according to the cruise line.

The Norwegian Escape docked at Port Canaveral Tuesday late morning as part of its regularly scheduled itinerary. Ambulances waited nearby in case any injured passengers required additional care.

Eyewitness News reports that New Jersey native Tony Ciaramello was on the cruise ship during the gust thought he was going to die. 

“People flying all over the place,” he said. “All dishes and bottles smashing all over the place in the bars. Signs falling, chairs flying across the main room. I went flying as it tilted and landed on my stomach and slid like 20 feet and smashed into a guard rail in the middle of the floor.”

The cruise line said there was no damage to the ship and that those who were injured are being treated by the ship’s medical staff.

The cruise line said that the “extreme” gust of wind clocked in at 100 knots, which translates to more than 100 miles per hour.

The cruise line has not confirmed how many people were injured. The ship can carry as many as 4,000 passengers and 1,700 crew members.

“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 and were treated by the ship’s medical staff. There was no damage to the ship; she remains fully operational. She arrived to Port Canaveral today. The next sailing is not impacted.” — Spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line

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