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An American couple that was on board a Norwegian cruise ship that was violently rocked by massive waves and 50mph wind gusts recalled the terror they experienced as walls of water engulfed the vessel just off the coast of Norway.
Rodney Horgen, 62, and Judy Lemieux, 66, of Deer River, Minnesota were among several hundred passengers rescued from the Viking Sky, a 12-day luxury cruise along the Norwegian coast, on Saturday.
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Passengers described conditions as comparable to ‘being on the Titanic’ and feared they would drown as the ship was tossed around the Norwegian Sea.
‘I tried to grab her, but I just couldn’t,’ Horgen told the Star Tribune, recalling when his wife was being swept away by water that had inundated the inside of the seventh-floor restaurant.
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He said that the winds were so fierce passengers on board believed that the ship was about to turn on its side.
‘The swells were hitting us broadside, just leaning the ship back and forth, almost to the point we thought it was going to tip,’ Horgen said.
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Not only were people being tipped over, but tables, utensils, and china were being thrown about, according to Horgen.
Some 20 people were injured before the ship stabilized and rescue forces were called to evacuate the passengers.
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Lemieux said that a 6ft-tall wall of water barreled toward her through the window of the restaurant.
The force of the water which came into the restaurant sent her flying.
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Horgen and Lemieux were one of the first passengers to be evacuated by helicopter.
The retired doctors said it was difficult for them to accept being rescued before others.
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‘Probably one of the hardest things I had to do was walk through this hallway where people were just waiting there, thinking like “you are the ones who get to get off”,’ said Horgen.
The company which operates the ship,...
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