60 Hurt When Ship Turns to Avoid Errant Buoy

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010  |  Updated 11:00 AM CDT
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60 Hurt When Ship Turns to Avoid Errant Buoy

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All of the injuries were minor.

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At least 60 passengers were hurt being tossed about during a sharp turn by the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Ecstasy near Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Ecstasy safely docked at its home port in Galveston on Thursday. Miami-based Carnival said minor damage was limited to some merchandise and unsecured objects.

Carnival said the maneuver Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the ship listing to the port side, was meant to avoid a large buoy that was adrift and mostly submerged.

Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said says 60 guests suffered minor injuries. Nobody required an ambulance at the pier or hospitalization.

The Coast Guard has been notified.

Passenger Patrice Edwards told KHOU-TV that she and her husband were in bed when both ended up on the floor as "the whole boat just shifted."

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