Cruise Ship Hit by Rogue 115 MPH Wind Gust, Injuring Passengers

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A Norwegian cruise ship tipped at sea, injuring several on board on its way to Port Canaveral, Florida, Sunday. 

Furniture was filmed sliding across the floor as plates and glasses came crashing down

Passenger Charlotte Conmey said she was still shaken up as she talked with Inside Edition days later. 

“People were panicking, I mean running around crying screaming,” she said. “A true scene out of the Titanic. I have been on cruises a lot and never felt like anything like this before." 

The ship, The Norwegian Escape, was sailing from New York to Florida with nearly 4,000 vacationers on board when it was battered by a rogue 115 mph gust of wind.

The passengers say the ship tilted to a terrifying 45-degree angle for about a minute before righting itself.

Hendrik J. Keijer, a retired cruise ship captain, spoke to Inside Edition about what to do if you are on a ship that encounters similar circumstances. 

"I would advise people to stop moving and stay where they are," he said.

The Norwegian Escape made it safely to the port in Florida, but eight people were taken to the hospital, none of them seriously injured. The rest of the passengers continued on with their hopefully much more relaxing vacation.

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