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US passenger killed when wave hits Antarctic cruise ship

Robert Besser
08 Dec 2022, 06:43 GMT+10

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina: A massive wave struck the Viking Polaris cruise ship this week as it was sailing toward the port of Ushuaia in southern Argentina on an Antarctic cruise, killing a U.S. woman and injuring four other passengers.

As the wave broke cabin windows during the storm, a 62-year-old woman was hit by broken glass, Argentine authorities said. The ship suffered limited damage and arrived in Ushuaia, 1,926 miles south of Buenos Aires, the next day.

"It is with great sadness that we confirmed a guest passed away following the incident," Viking said in statement. "We have notified the guest's family and shared our deepest sympathies."

Neither the statement nor the Argentine Naval Prefecture identified the woman or her hometown.
Viking called it a "rogue wave incident" and said the four other passengers' injuries were non-life threatening.

The cruise ship was anchored near Ushuaia, where a federal court has opened a case to determine what occurred.

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