Passenger Injured by Champagne Cork on Norwegian Cruise Liner

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Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Gem was caught in a tricky situation last Wednesday night while trying to evacuate a passenger who was suffering from an eye injury caused by a flying champagne cork.

The cruise ship was rapidly drifting sideways near the Verrazano Bridge Narrows directly toward an anchored tanker while the New York Fire Department’s fireboat Fire Fighter II and a New York City police boat were working to facilitate the transfer of the injured passenger.

As this video shows, the cruise ship pivoted her stern to miss the anchored tanker which was silhouetted by the lights of the cruise ship behind her.

The transfer was aborted and the transfer eventually occurred outside of the Narrows.