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- On Tuesday, a Norwegian Cruise ship crashed into a pier in Puerto Rico.
- The ship was not scheduled to stop in Puerto Rico.
- A spokesperson for Norwegian Cruises told the Miami Herald that “prevailing wind” caused the Norwegian Epic to crash and damage two mooring points.
- There is video footage of the incident.
- Passengers aboard the ship reportedly did not sustain injuries.
On Tuesday, a Norwegian Cruise ship voyage took an unexpected turn.
The 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic, which was headed on a week-long journey from Orlando, Florida, to the Eastern Caribbean, ended up off course in Puerto Rico to deal with reported mechanical issues, the Miami Herald reports.
A spokesperson for the cruise line told the Miami Herald that the ship had drifted slightly off course due to a “prevailing wind” and ended up crashing into two mooring points, damaging both.
Video footage and images of the incident have been shared on Twitter. One person jokingly called the moment an “epic fail,” in reference to the ship’s name.
— TweetsWithTito (@dunard2) February 12, 2019
“That’s gonna hit, that’s gonna hit,” someone can be heard saying from off camera.
“They’re gonna hit this one, too,” another person can be heard saying before the ship hits the second dock, sending it plunging under water.
The lack of communication is unbelievable. We’re supposed to leave at 530, then 7, now it’s 730 and no update or sound of engines running. If there was no issues it would be different story but with everything going on we at least keep us updated. #Norwegianepic @CruiseNorwegian
— Daniela Radu (@Daniela52721617) February 13, 2019
— James Smith (@jksmith311) February 13, 2019
— Trisha Haber (@HaberTrisha) February 13, 2019
“No injuries have been reported and guests are currently disembarking the ship as previously scheduled,” the Norwegian Cruises spokesperson told the Miami Herald. “We are working closely with local authorities to assess the damage.”
According to a tweet from the cruise line, passengers disembarked from the boat on Tuesday as previously scheduled.