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“It Was Rolling So Heavily”: US Woman On MS Maud Cruise Ship Struck By ‘Rogue Wave’ Explains Her Near-Drowning Experience

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“It Was Rolling So Heavily”: US Woman On MS Maud Cruise Ship Struck By ‘Rogue Wave’ Explains Her Near-Drowning Experience

The MS Maud cruise ship stuck by Rogue Wave was rescued and headed to Germany to let off passengers and get repairs.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride a roller coaster on the high seas? Imagine a luxurious cruise ship, the MS Maud, sailing in the North Sea, 162 miles off Denmark’s west coast. It embarked on a 14-day expedition, promising its 400 passengers and crew a mind-blowing experience of witnessing the Northern Lights. But little did they know that their journey would soon turn into a harrowing adventure of survival as a colossal rogue wave struck the vessel, plunging them into chaos.

The MS Maud cruise ship, owned by HX, a unit of Norway’s Hurtigruten Group, recently set sail on a fateful expedition to witness the Northern Lights.

"It Was Rolling So Heavily": US Woman On MS Maud Cruise Ship Struck By 'Rogue Wave' Explains Her Near-Drowning Experience
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Passengers from all walks of life, including Elizabeth Lawrence, an Apple employee from Silicon Valley, boarded the ship, looking forward to an unforgettable voyage. The MS Maud, known for its luxurious amenities and top-notch service, promised a journey filled with tranquility. But as the MS Maud sailed through the North Sea, the tranquility was shattered by a colossal rogue wave. Lawrence, one of the passengers aboard the ship, found herself amid a terrifying ordeal. The wave hit with such force that Lawrence feared the ship might capsize.

"It Was Rolling So Heavily": US Woman On MS Maud Cruise Ship Struck By 'Rogue Wave' Explains Her Near-Drowning Experience
Elizabeth Lawrence via Twitter

For a heart-stopping 20 minutes, Elizabeth Lawrence clung to a sturdy spot between buffet tables, desperately holding on for dear life.

"It Was Rolling So Heavily": US Woman On MS Maud Cruise Ship Struck By 'Rogue Wave' Explains Her Near-Drowning Experience
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The ship rolled violently, and flying furniture added to the chaos, creating a scene straight out of a nightmare. Amid the chaos, the crew acted swiftly and distributed orange survival suits to the passengers. Lawrence and her fellow adventurers wisely sought refuge in the restaurant, sandwiched between buffet tables. As the waves towered over 10 meters, threatening to engulf the ship, they clung to the sturdy buffet tables, fighting to stay safe and avoid the treacherous waters below. The passengers found themselves in a situation they never signed up for, turning their luxurious cruise into a battle for survival.

"It Was Rolling So Heavily": US Woman On MS Maud Cruise Ship Struck By 'Rogue Wave' Explains Her Near-Drowning Experience
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With the ship’s bridge losing power, uncertainty loomed over the passengers and crew. However, the crew assured everyone that the vessel was still the safest place to weather the storm. Launching lifeboats in such treacherous conditions would have been a risky gamble. The crew’s quick thinking and professionalism shone through as they donned emergency gear and kept the passengers calm amidst the aftermath of the storm. After enduring five hours of nail-biting tension in a muster area, Lawrence and her fellow adventurers were finally allowed to return to their cabins.

"It Was Rolling So Heavily": US Woman On MS Maud Cruise Ship Struck By 'Rogue Wave' Explains Her Near-Drowning Experience
Elizabeth Lawrence via Twitter

The aftermath of the rogue wave incident reportedly showed a scene of broken glass and chaos.

"It Was Rolling So Heavily": US Woman On MS Maud Cruise Ship Struck By 'Rogue Wave' Explains Her Near-Drowning Experience
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However, amidst the debris, the crew displayed remarkable resilience and dedication. Lawrence praised their quick response, from distributing survival gear to maintaining calmness in the face of adversity. The MS Maud, rendered unnavigable by the rogue wave, had to rely on external assistance to reach safety. Dramatic footage captured the exact moment the wave struck, portraying the ship’s distress and the surreal blank screen on the bridge camera. The vessel had to be towed to Germany, becoming the only lifeline for the passengers. The crew, working tirelessly, ensured that the main engine remained operational, providing a glimmer of hope in an otherwise perilous situation.

Betty Little, another passenger on board with her 96-year-old mother, Jessie, highlighted the exceptional assistance provided by the crew to disabled passengers. Amidst the panic and chaos, a crew member went above and beyond, giving Jessie a piggyback ride down the stairs. The crew’s dedication extended to providing water, Coca-Cola, ginger ale, and sandwiches to the stranded passengers, offering a silver lining in the stormy clouds. The unforgettable saga of the MS Maud ship serves as a valuable lesson in preparedness and vigilance. Elizabeth Lawrence wisely warns about the importance of paying attention to security briefings.

"It Was Rolling So Heavily": US Woman On MS Maud Cruise Ship Struck By 'Rogue Wave' Explains Her Near-Drowning Experience
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Some passengers notably ended up at the wrong muster points, causing unnecessary stress for the crew and fellow passengers. It is a reminder that even on the most luxurious voyages, unexpected challenges can arise, and being prepared can make all the difference. As the MS Maud undergoes a massive cleanup operation and passengers prepare for their onward journeys, the memories of this extraordinary cruise will forever be etched in their minds. The battle against the rogue wave, the survival suits, and the buffet-table bunkers will remain symbols of resilience and strength in the face of adversity. MS Maud’s journey reminds us of the unpredictability of nature and the determination of the human spirit.

FAQs

How did the passengers react when the rogue wave struck the MS Maud?

The passengers were terrified as the monster wave hit the ship. Many sought refuge between buffet tables and clung to whatever they could find to stay safe.

Where is cruise ship Maud now?

MMS Maud’s current location is at the North Sea (coordinates 53.61704 N / 8.48118 E) cruising en route to London-Tilbury.

What was the worst cruise-ship accident?

On January 13, 2012, the eight-year-old Costa Cruises vessel Costa Concordia was on the first leg of a cruise around the Mediterranean Sea when she deviated from her planned route at Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, sailed closer to the island, and struck a rock formation on the sea floor.

How did the crew handle the MS Maud situation?

The crew displayed remarkable resilience and quick response. They distributed survival suits, reassured the passengers, and kept them calm amidst the chaos.

Did the ship sustain any damage?

Yes, the ship experienced broken glass and chaos in the aftermath of the rogue wave. However, the crew worked diligently to clean up and ensure the safety of the passengers.

How was the MS Maud eventually towed to safety?

The MS Maud had to be towed to Germany as it was rendered unnavigable by the rogue wave. A tow to Bremerhaven became the only lifeline for the ship and its passengers.

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