Passengers on Bahamas-Bound Cruise Ship Injured after 'Freak Weather' Incident

At least eight passengers were injured when a cruise shop encountered "unexpected strong winds." The passengers were taken to a Florida hospital. 

As reported by ABC News, the gust of wind was estimated at 100 knots, "which resulted in the ship heeling to the port side."

The Norwegian Escape left New York on Sunday and was on its way to the Bahamas, scheduled to arrive on Wednesday. 

However, the ship had to dock at Florida's Port Canaveral in order for passengers and staff to receive medical attention. 

In their distress, guests took to Twitter and shared photos of the broken glass littered on the floor, as well as chairs and debris scattered around. 

According to Click Orlando, the Norwegian Escape can carry up to 4,266 passengers, and 1,733 crew members. 

Michael Patterson tweeted that the ship "tilted" and "damage was everywhere." Norwegian staff confirmed

"Several injuries were reported, and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff."

The crew reported that there was no damage to the ship, and passengers would re-board in a few hours before its departure on Tuesday. 

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