Monday 5 December 2022

[Updated] US woman dies after window smashed aboard expedition cruise ship

#expeditioncruising .

A US woman passenger aboard Viking Polaris has died after a 'rogue wave' struck the ship while it sailed across the notorious Drake Passage.

In a statement issued by Viking, a "rogue wave incident" injured four other passengers who were treated by the ship's doctor and medical staff.

An Associated Press (AP) report said that according to authorities in Argentina, the woman was hit by glass when the wave broke cabin windows during a storm.

"We have notified the guest's family and shared our deepest sympathies," Viking said. "We will continue to offer our full support to the family in the hours and days ahead."

Viking said the ship sustained limited damage and arrived in port on Nov. 30.

The AP said that a court had opened a case to determine what happened. In its statement, Viking said it was investigating the incident and would "offer our support to the relevant authorities."

The Dec 5 itinerary, a 13-day Antarctic Explorer cruise, was cancelled. 

Viking operates two expedition ships: The Polaris and the Viking Octantis.

Source: Travel Weekly and AP

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