Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Horror on the high seas: Cruise liner CCTV shows passengers and furniture being sent flying during a storm


By Mail Foreign Service and Oliver Pickup

Heads up: A lady careers into a pillar on the fifth floor after the cruise liner was caught up in heavy storms

These amazing images show the internal CCTV footage of a high seas storm scene that could be straight out of a Hollywood disaster movie.

The P&O cruise ship, Pacific Sun, ran in to trouble 400 miles off the coast of New Zealand.

And as the ship struggles in the high seas, staff and guests are sent flying backwards and forwards, trying to grab on to anything nailed down - and failing.

The waves were so powerful that they lashed as high as the fifth deck.

The receptionists are shown clinging on to their desks and computers before the more severe waves hit the liner.

But soon they, and the guests, are sent careering across the floor like rag dolls, helpless and out-of-control.

Sent flying: A cook holds on for dear life while another man is whizzed, head first, across the floor

Cruising along: How a liner in the South Pacific should look like, when not in a storm at high seas

Tables, chairs and passengers are hurled from side to side. Several people are injured by sliding tables and chairs, as well as by getting slammed into columns.

P&O offered passengers a 25 per cent discount on their next cruise - but after this ordeal one would suppose that all of those involved would be happier on terra firma.

Before the storm: On the left staff try to hold on to equipment before waves hit the cruise liner. And on the right, after the first wave of chaos, a women is helped to her feet by a security guard. Soon he is helping himself!

source: dailymail

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