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Minor injuries reported after cruise ship lists near Victoria

Carnival Cruise Line said there were some minor injuries on a ship that listed near Victoria on Aug. 29, but the event was not as extreme as previously reported. “There were a couple of minor injuries, three as I recall. Bumps and bruises.
Carnival Legend photo
Water from the pool floods the deck of the Carnival Legend after a propulsion failure caused her to make a hard port turn and list 30 degrees.

Carnival Cruise Line said there were some minor injuries on a ship that listed near Victoria on Aug. 29, but the event was not as extreme as previously reported.

“There were a couple of minor injuries, three as I recall. Bumps and bruises. Nothing serious,” said spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz.

She said that previous reports about how much the 12-deck Carnival Legend listed were incorrect. A technical problem related to the ship’s starboard steering gear caused it to list unexpectedly about eight degrees, not 30 degrees.

Passenger video from the event has circulated on social media, showing water flowing from the pools and over the decks, and dishes crashing in the dining rooms.

“I grabbed life-jackets and a bed sheet to tie us together if we went over,” said Randy Gibbs, from Puyallup, Washington. “It freaked us out.”

The ship was on its way back from a seven-day cruise to Alaska and had about 2,000 passengers and crew on board.

De la Cruz said there wasn’t any significant damage from the list.

“As far as damage, there was some very minor damage such as broken dishware and some merchandise in the shops that came off the shelf.”

No vessels were called to assist as it was not necessary, De la Cruz said. “The ship’s technicians rectified the problem very quickly and the ship proceeded to Victoria, where it arrived a few hours later.”

She said anyone who had property damaged could work with the company on appropriate compensation.