‘Rogue wave’ hits cruise ship sailing towards Antarctica, kills US woman

 Monday, December 5, 2022 


A US woman was killed, while four others were injured after a gigantic rogue wave hit a cruise ship that was sailing towards Antarctica.

According to reports, the 62-year-old woman was killed by broken glass when the wave smashed cabin windows of the ‘Viking Polaris’ cruise ship during a storm late Tuesday.

A news agency reported that the 202m (662ft) ship suffered limited damage as it arrived in Argentina’s Ushuaia, 3,100 kilometres south of Buenos Aires, the next day.

In a statement, the cruise ship described it as a “rogue wave incident” and informed that the four other passengers’ injuries were not life-threatening. It also said that it is investigating the incident.

It is with great sadness that we confirmed a guest passed away following the incident, Viking said.

The company has not revealed the name of the deceased woman. Meanwhile, a federal court has taken cognizance of the incident.

The company has said that it was cancelling its scheduled voyage, which was expected to sail towards Antarctica from December 5 to December 17.

Built in 2022, the ‘Viking Polaris’ is a luxury vessel and has the capacity to carry 378 passengers and 256 crew members.

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