One passenger was killed and four injured when a ‘rogue wave’ hit their cruise ship during a storm earlier this week.
Passengers were cruising Antarctica aboard the Viking Polaris when it was hit by a storm while sailing to Ushuaia, Argentina, late Tuesday evening.
The storm caused a giant wave that broke several windows on the cruise ship and these fell on an American woman and killed her.
Viking Cruises confirmed in a statement on Saturday that the ship was hit by a “rogue wave” – a type of wave the US National Ocean Service describes as “more than twice the size of surrounding waves”.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that one guest has died as a result of the incident,” Viking Cruises said.
He did not reveal the passenger’s name or nationality.
However, Argentine state news agency Telam said the passenger who died was an American who “was hit by a glass surface that collapsed in the middle of the storm”.
“Four other guests sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the incident and were treated by the doctor and medical staff on board the vessel,” Viking said.
The cruise line said it was investigating and canceled the Viking Polaris’ next voyage scheduled for Dec. 5-17.
The boat arrived in Argentina on Wednesday and suffered “limited damage” in the incident, Viking Cruises said.
The U.S. National Ocean Service describes rogue waves as “highly unpredictable” and says they often come unexpectedly from directions other than the prevailing wind and waves.”