Rogue Wave Smashes Into Cruise Ship Killing One Passenger And Injuring Others

Viking Cruises said Thursday that an American woman died and four other passengers were injured when a “rogue wave” struck the ship while sailing near the southernmost tip of South America.

The unidentified 62-year-old woman was hit by broken glass when the wave broke cabin windows on the Viking Polaris ship late Tuesday during a storm, Argentine authorities said. It suffered limited damage and arrived the following day in Ushuaia, 1,926 miles south of Buenos Aires.

In a statement, Viking said, “We are deeply saddened to confirm a guest passed away following the incident. We have sent our deepest sympathies to the guest’s family.”

The four injured passengers were treated by a doctor and medical staff onboard the ship, the company said.

Viking said the ship itself sustained “limited damage.”.

The company said it is investigating the facts surrounding this incident and will assist the relevant authorities. “We remain focused on the safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew, and we are working directly with them to arrange return travel,” it added.

Scientists call rouge waves “extreme storm waves” because they are twice as large as surrounding waves and often originate from directions other than prevailing wind and wave directions.

According to Suzie Gooding, who was on the ship when the incident occurred, it felt like the ship struck an iceberg.

She mentioned that everything was fine until the rogue wave hit. “It was just sudden, shocking,” she said. “We didn’t know whether we should start preparing for abandoning ship.”