UPDATE 2-U.S. Coast Guard to investigate storm-battered cruise ship

miércoles 10 de febrero de 2016 23:47 GYT
 

(Updates to say boat has returned to port)

By Laila Kearney

Feb 10 (Reuters) - A Royal Caribbean cruise ship battered by an Atlantic storm returned to its New Jersey port late on Wednesday, where the U.S. Coast Guard plans to investigate what went wrong.

The Coast Guard said in a statement it could conduct an investigation together with authorities from the Bahamas where the ship is registered to determine "causal factors or lessons learned from this event that could help prevent injuries or damage in the future."

An ABC news broadcast showed the ship coming into port on Wednesday night at about 9 p.m. EST, with airhorns sounding and passengers waving.

The Anthem of the Seas left on Saturday with 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, for what was supposed to have been a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas.

On Sunday it was hit by high winds and 30-foot (9 meter) waves off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, cutting short the cruise.

At least four people suffered minor injuries as the storm toppled furniture, collapsed ceilings and shattered glass on the vessel.

Royal Caribbean said the storm was more severe than expected.   Continuación...