Deer River Couple Recounts Being Stranded on Cruise Ship

Ryan Juntti
Updated: March 27, 2019 07:24 PM

A Deer River couple who was aboard the stranded Viking Sky cruise ship in Norway over the weekend recounted the experience to WDIO News.

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At the time Rodney Horgen and his wife Judy were in a restaurant on the 7th floor of the ship. They say they went through some 30 foot waves, which caused dishes to break. 

"We started leaning side-to-side very drastically. I'm sure there's not a dish, or plate that was not broken. They started crashing, the tables started sliding back and forth. People were falling off the chairs, and we still thought maybe this is just normal once in a while, but it got pretty violent," said Horgen.  

They then went back down to their room three levels below. That's when they say the emergency alarm went off for them to go to the evacuation point. 

All of the passengers were given lifejackets, and that's when things went from bad to worse.

"And then all of a sudden we heard a big crash, and I looked to my right, probably 25 to 30 feet away was about a 6 foot high wall of water coming through. Coming in, splashing tables, chairs, people, broken glass, and just came rushing towards us," said Horgen.

Rodney and Judy were on the ship for about 8 hours before they were airlifted.

They want to thank everyone who was involved in the rescue.

"A lot of people would say we're really lucky. I would disagree. I think we're just very blessed. We're blessed that our God saved us," said Horgen.


Ryan Juntti

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