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Monstrous waves claim two lives in the Med
Janine
Posted: Thursday, March 4, 2010 10:02 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 386


According to MSNBC.com, on Thursday March 4, 2010, three colossal waves crashed against parts of the Mediterranean shoreline, wreaking havoc. The rogue waves hit a cruise ship off the northwestern (Correction: northeastern) coast of Spain and flooded cabins. Three waves larger than 10 meters high struck the cruise ship, breaking windows, including the “glass windshields in the forward section,” reports MSNBC.com.  Two passengers died after suffering fatal wounds from shards of broken glass. MSNBC.com also reports that 14 other passengers sustained slight injuries and were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

 

Another account claims that one of the waves smashed out the windows of a restaurant, leaving patrons soaked and terrified.

 

MSNBC.com reports, “‘Large waves are not rare in the Mediterranean, but ones that size occur only once or twice a year,’ said Marta de Alfonso, an oceanographer with the Spanish government. De Alfonso said there was in fact a big storm in the area at the time and the waves might have been stirred up by fierce winds. Waves often come in threes, she said.”

 

Did you feel the effects of these waves?


junior
Posted: Friday, March 5, 2010 2:20 AM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zB96KxyiUU don't know if its authentic..... Evidently the Ship was up in the Golfo de Leon, not sure what MSNBC means by Northwestern Spain. NW Spain would be Cabo Finisterre and the Biscay. Locally the Kite board gangs were working the south coast surf last week. Gets rough in the Med. The only Mayday Relay Ive ever initiated was in the Southern Sardinian Sea next to a Bulk coal carrier who broke in half. Good description of Med wave formation in Willard Bascom's intro oceanography textbook " Waves and Beach's " . Vice Admiral Bob Cooper....on patrol....entering the western approaches of the Straits of Bonafacio. "While literally surfboarding in an aircraft carrier down the fronts of truly mountainous seas in a mistral I wondered how many land lubbers would believe that the peaceful Mediterranean could ever look like that!"
junior
Posted: Friday, March 5, 2010 3:04 AM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026


Been a few Med. cruise ships disabled by winter weather in past few years. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4264661.stm " MV Voyager", in distress, February 2005, south of Mallorca . Bad day to be the engineer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMk6D11FAhg&feature=player_embedded
 
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