Video: Gangway Collapses During Norwegian Cruise Line Visit In Panama, Guests Injured

A gangway collapsed while a ship that belongs to the Norwegian Cruise Line was halted in Panama, injuring many guests on Tuesday.

The cruise line’s Norwegian Encore vessel was in Panama City during the accident. Guests who reportedly sustained injuries were rushed to a nearby medical centre, a spokesperson associated with the cruise line informed USA TODAY. The person added that they had dispatched their CARE Team to offer additional aid to the guests.

The cruise line did not elaborate on the number of injuries or how serious those were or state a reason that could have led to the collapse. Norwegian Encore is on a Panama Canal cruise to Miami from Seattle. This trip is usually 21 days long. The ship is expected to arrive on Sunday in Miami.

Video Credits: Cruise Radio / YouTube

How frequent are cruise ship gangway collapses?

Ross Klein, a professor associated with the Canada’s Memorial University of Newfoundland and a cruise industry specialist, explained that such an incident is unusual.

A guest on an MSC Cruises vessel was reportedly rescued in 2009 after falling into the water after a gangway collapse. Over a dozen individuals were killed in an identical incident on a gangway leading to the Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 in 2003.

Klein mentioned that from a passenger’s point of view, one must always be cautious irrespective of where they are on a cruise vessel or off. Doing so might help minimize some of the risks.

References: USA Today, Cruise Hive

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