Passenger dies and others injured after rogue wave hits Viking ship

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One person has died and four have suffered injuries after a rogue wave hit expedition ship Viking Polaris near Antarctica.

Viking Polaris was making its way back to Ushuaia, Argentina, travelling the Drake Passage, south of Cape Horn, on Tuesday, when the wave struck.

The 376-passenger ship is sailing its inaugural season in Antarctica, having been launched in September this year.

Viking said: “There was a rogue wave incident involving the Viking Polaris on November 29 at 22:40 local time while the ship was sailing towards Ushuaia, Argentina.

“The ship sustained limited damage during the incident and arrived in port in Ushuaia without further incident the afternoon of November 30.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm a guest passed away following the incident.

“We have notified the guest’s family and shared our deepest sympathies.

“We will continue to offer our full support to the family in the hours and days ahead. 

“Four other guests sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the incident and were treated by the ship’s onboard doctor and medical staff.

“We are investigating the facts surrounding this incident and will offer our support to the relevant authorities.”

The passenger who died was an American woman in her 60s, US media reports.

Viking Polaris’ next cruise, a 10-day Antarctic Explorer itinerary, has been cancelled.

The ship’s 10-day voyage, departing 17 December, is still expected to go ahead.

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