Skip to comments.26-foot wave strikes cruise ship, killing 2
Posted on 03/03/2010 2:44:03 PM PST by OldDeckHand
ATHENS, Greece - A 26-foot wave crashed into a cruise ship carrying nearly 2,000 people off the coast of France, smashing windshields and killing two people, Greek and Cypriot said Wednesday.
A Greek coast guard statement says another six people suffered light injuries on board the Cypriot-owned Louis Majesty.
In a statement, the cruise line said its Maltese ship was hit by "abnormal waves."
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Obamao blames George W Bush.....
tsunami rerouted from saturday’s event in chile
Left over tsunami affect.
Vibrations will continue for a while.
‘course it could be climate change.
Rogue waves should be one of the natural wonders of the world.
Read up on them once.. Absolutely fascinating stuff.
THE PERFECT WAVE
By: Shel Silverstein
Dave McGunn was a surfin bum, halfcrazed by the blazin sun.
From Waikiki to the Bering Sea, he rode em one by one.
Now he hung offshore bout a mile or more, out where the dolphins played,
And his wild eyes gleamed as he schemed and dreamed
To ride the perfect wave.
Oh, ride the perfect wave, Dave, ride the perfect wave.
If you wait it out and you dont sell out, you may ride
The perfect wave.
He crouched in the spray and he waited all day till the sun gave way to the moon,
And his legs grew cold and he grew old and wrinkled like a prune.
And the years rolled by and the surf broke high and the 40foot breakers sprayed.
But he sneered at em all, sayin, “Too damn small; Im waitin
For the perfect wave.”
He was sleepin on his board when he woke to a roar as thunder shook the sea.
Twas the dreaded California quake of 1973.
And he stared at the reef in disbelief, then paddled with tremblin hands
As a monstrous crashin tidal wave came roarin cross the land.
It was 12 miles high and it filled the sky, the color of boilin blood.
And cities fell beneath its swell and mountains turned to mud.
Its deadly surf engulfed the earth and left not a thing alive.
And high on the tip with a smile on his lip was Davey hangin five.
He hit the top of the Golden Gate at a thousand miles an hour,
Over the top of the Empire State and the tip of the Eiffel Tower.
And as he wiped out, you could hear him shout as he plunged to a watery grave,
“Hey hi dee hi, Im glad to die Ive rode
The perfect wave.”
If it ain’t Boeing I ain’t going!
I saw that episode of Gilligan’s Island.
I’m not sure how a 26ft wave is going to reach glass “windshields” on that boat (whatever they mean by that). Even taken from abeam, a 26ft wave might give them a little roll, but it just doesn’t sound big enough to do much in the way of damage. I’m guessing there’s some part of the story that the reporter missed.
I’ve never heard that one before, and I’ve always liked Shel Silverstein’s work. This one really caught my attention, because it’s almost a parody of one of my favorite poets of all time: Robert Service.
That had to be quite a shock. I think what happened was that the ship rode up and plunged into the base of the next wave, so the bow "dug in", and the water rushed over the deck and up against those windows.
I’ve been in 20-foot seas in a considerably smaller vessel, and suffice it to say: it’ll make a God-fearing man out of the staunchest atheist.
I haven't seen the damage, but I'm guessing it probably broke over the bow. Another possibility and problem is that rogue waves frequently travel in a direction perpendicular to the prevailing sea. IOW, you could be headed directly into normal seas, but then get broadsided by a rogue wave. This can be especially problematic if you happen to be in a trough of the normal sea; maximizing the damage potential.
Until pictures of the vessel emerge, it's going to be difficult to tell precisely what happened.
Egads. Were you on that ship? Did it come through okay?
“But he noted there had been winds of over 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) in the area.”
Sounds like foul weather in the area to me!
I believe that was added just after I initially posted the story. When I posted it, it was only a couple paragraphs long. It's considerably longer now, FWIW.
You weren't on the Northern Light back in '62, were you? My ship responded to a distress call on the way back from the Carribean, and took that beautiful sailing yacht under tow in 15-20' seas until a Coast Guard tug arrived to take over. That was one uncomfortable lookin crew!
Me too. and 40+ foot seas even. I hear ya. :-)
Just seems odd to me. A 25-30ft wave isn't even going to put green water over the bow of that ship. Maybe a little... and even if it was a freak wave on the beam... I don't know. It just seems like plenty of boat for that sort of seas.
A ship I was stationed on got hit with about a 60ft rogue wave, on the beam... ship rolled about 60 degrees. This ship was less than half the size of that cruise ship. One guy died in a freak accident on the bridge by falling and hitting his head. I suppose something like that could've happened here as well, it's just that it's a lot more ship and a lot less wave. Obviously something did happen, I guess.
Was it the poem,,,,(in a furance) ...I haven’t been this warm since I left Tennessee!?
The same sentiment expressed by some on the findings of this event posted this morning:
The crash of Air France flight 447 from Rio to Paris last year is one of the most mysterious accidents in the history of aviation. After months of investigation, a clear picture has emerged of what went wrong. The reconstruction of the horrific final four minutes reveal continuing safety problems in civil aviation.
Yes, that’s the one. My wife and I heard this and other poems of Robert Service in Dawson City,Yukon. They recited by the bard of Dawson City - I think about 2000. We plan to return in 2011.
Thank you for the reminder of a great experience..
Hey, if Michael Moore wants to go for a swim in the Mediterranean, he can.
a cruise ship carrying nearly 2,000 peopleOnly 2 died? I'm havin' a Constanza moment...
Towards the end of this clip a big odd wave hits. But they seemed to be in choppy water to begin with.
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Rouge waves in the Mediterranean and ships frozen in the Ice in the Baltic. Weird times.
I see that there's another ferry, in addition to the cruise ship, stranded in the Baltic just off the coast of Sweden with 1K aboard.