Freak Storm Batters Cruise Ship
Passengers thrown to floor as furniture slams into walls
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 9, 2010 2:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – NIghtmare cruise ship footage has been released showing the horrifying effects of a freak storm with high winds and 25-foot waves. Passengers, crew and heavy furniture are sent skittering across the floor like so much debris on an angry ocean in the video surveillance tape. Passengers tumble to the ground as the ship lurches repeatedly, while others are slammed into walls and pillars.

Some 42 people were injured, many with broken bones, when the Pacific Sun was hit by the storm 400 miles north of New Zealand just as passengers were sitting down to dinner. At least one passenger is currently locked in a court battle over her injuries, the Telegraph reports. Ship operators argue they have no control over freak storms, and have instituted new emergency and safety measures.

 

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