NTSB Investigating Cruise Ship Accident; 4 Injured in Mishap with Bruises, Lacerations

April 21, 2005

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent marine investigator Captain Morgan Turrell to join the investigation by the Bahamas Maritime Authority into the accident on April 16, 2005 involving the passenger vessel Norwegian Dawn.

The Bahamian-flagged vessel, operated by NCL, was damaged after encountering a large wave. The ship was underway from Miami to New York with more than 2,500 passengers on board. The windows in two passenger staterooms and the on navigation bridge were knocked out and four passengers sustained bruises and lacerations.

Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker stressed the NTSB’s strong interest in cruise ship safety. “Given the importance of the industry and the large number of passengers these vessels carry, we believe it is important to participate in this investigation,” said Rosenker. “What we learn will help maintain cruising as a safe and popular mode of travel.”

The ship diverted to Charleston S.C., on April 17, disembarked passengers there, and continued on to New York the following day, after temporary repairs.

The investigation is being conducted under the International Maritime Organization’s Code for the Investigation of Casualties and Incidents. All information on the progress of the investigation will be released by the Bahamian authorities.

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