| Date Published: September 6, 2012 |
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|Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Hits Cable; Crewmember Injured|
(12:50 p.m. EDT) -- A crewmember on Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas was injured when the ship hit a cable while sailing into the port of Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands. The crewmember was initially treated onboard but ultimately transferred to a local area hospital, along with a member of the line's Care Team.
According to a Royal Caribbean statement, the incident occurred September 6 at 8 a.m. local time when Jewel came "in contact with a cable that extends between Bordoy and Eysturoy Islands." The ship was in the midst of a 16-night Transatlantic sailing that departed Harwich, England on August 31. It will conclude in Boston on September 16.
The cable damaged the mast, as well as some equipment on the mast. The crewmember, who was standing outside at the time, was injured by a piece of falling debris, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez told Cruise Critic. She added there may have been passengers outside who witnessed the accident.
Though Martinez said she didn't have any details on what was damaged, she did say the damage "in no way affects the seaworthiness of the ship." Jewel of the Seas has already moved on toward its next scheduled port of call in Reykjavik.
Cruise Critic reader TheMiz who posted about the incident, reports that some of the damage was to the ship's navigation lights.
TheMiz also wrote that passengers learned of the incident from a "Scary wakeup call from the captain saying we have a serious accident with an injury."
This is not the first time Jewel of the Seas has visited Klaksvik, Martinez said, adding that the line is working closely with the local authorities to determine why the collision occurred.
She added, "All the navigational tools and charts we use to plan our voyage, including information we obtained from the local port authorities and harbor master in advance of our arrival, indicated we had enough clearance to pass under the cable."
Cruise Critic first learned of the incident from the Mirror's Captain Greybeard blog. The photo above, which shows damage to the mast, also comes courtesy of the Captain Greybeard blog.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor
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