Cruise ship forced to return to Britain early after being hit by a storm: 100 passengers injured
It was hours of fear for the passengers and crew of the Spirit of Discovery ship boat from Sea trip Which found itself in the middle Storm During a trip from Great Britain To the Canary Islands. According to initial reports, the ship remained trapped for 15 hours due to waves reaching a height of 1,000 meters. 30 metres Which prevented the crew on board from performing any maneuvers. The slip resulted in injury About 100 people.
Sailing through the storm with fear on board
While the ship was near Bay of BiscayNot far from the French coast, she arrived with all her might.
At that moment, the ship’s propulsion safety systems activated, causing an explosion A sudden and violent turn On the left side.
Bay of Biscay, where the cruise ship Spirit of Discovery was swamped by a storm, forcing it to return to Great Britain
The sudden turn resulted in at least 100 passengers being injured, some of whom required immediate treatment from staff on board. The Independent reported this.
Moreover, five of the injured were immediately taken to hospital Portsmouth Once the ship returns to Britain.
Spirit of Discovery, a Saga Cruises cruise ship, departed the UK on October 24 to arrive in the Canary Islands.
Itinerary included 14 day crossingThe first ten of them – as the BBC wrote – went according to expectations and without problems.
The nightmare began when bad weather conditions prevented us from reaching Las Palmas, the last stop on our itinerary.
For this reason, the crew was planning to dock in the port of A Coruña, in northwestern Spain, but this too was closed due to the severe storm.
Hence the decision of the crew on board the ship to return to the United Kingdom early, and during the return trip near the Bay of Biscay, the unexpected happened.
Testimonies: “The ship stopped in the middle of the storm for 15 hours”
The BBC collected testimonies from the passengers who disembarked on Tuesday, November 7, at Portsmouth Port.
Jean BendalThe 75-year-old was traveling with her husband and told media about the moment the captain’s agitated voice came from the loudspeakers: “Stay seated or lie down.” The woman says that the ship remained stationary in the storm for a while 15 hours is too long.
Finally, the dining room was quickly repurposed as a medical station, and despite the best efforts of the staff on board “they were amazing,” Bendall says.
A company spokesperson told the BBC: “Although the weather is clearly beyond our control, we want to offer our sincere apologies to everyone affected who are now returning safely home to calmer seas.”
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