A passenger died and According to Viking Cruises, four other people were hurt when a huge, unexpected wave struck a cruise ship as it was heading toward an important launching point for Antarctica expeditions.

The Viking Polaris ship was struck by a “rogue wave” On Tuesday, October 40th, at 10:40 PM local time, while driving towards Ushuaia (Argentina), which is located on the southern tip South America. Viking Cruises said in a statement.

Viking Cruises did not say how the passenger was killed or provide the passenger’s name. Onboard medical staff treated the injuries to the four injured passengers. and Viking Cruises reported that the injuries were not life-threatening.

An official from the State Department stated that a U.S. citizen had died. and that the department was offering consular assistance to the person’s family.

Rogue Waves are unpredictable and often twice as large as surrounding waves and Sometimes, the wind blows from a different direction that the surrounding winds. and waves, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists continue to try to understand how and These waves are rare.

Ann Mah, Topeka (Kan.), spoke for the news station WIBW That she and She and her husband were aboard the ship at the time it was hit by the wave. and It was “just like your whole house got shook really hard.”

“I mean, it was just a thud,” Ms. Mah said.

This year, the Viking Polaris was officially launched and was made for travel to remote areas such as Antarctic Peninsula. The ship measures 665 feet long and Can carry 378 passengers and There are 256 crew members.

The ship was able to continue its voyage “limited damage” The wave and Viking Cruises reported that they arrived in Ushuaia one day after the strike.

The cruise company canceled the Viking Polaris’s next scheduled trip, a 13-day cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula.

“We are investigating the facts surrounding this incident and will offer our support to the relevant authorities,” The company stated.

Tourism to the Antarctic has steadily increased in the last 30 years, with (*4*) traveling there in the 2019-20 season, according to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators. The association estimates that 6,700 people went there during the 1992-1993 season.

Some experts have cautioned that the tourism boom may not last. and It could pose a threat to visitor safety and disrupt fragile environments, already under stress from climate change.

It marks the beginning of Antarctic tourism season. It coincides with its summer which begins in late November or early December and Usually, it lasts until March.

This week’s death at Viking Cruises follows the deaths of two other passengers on cruise ships in Antarctica last month. Two Quark Expeditions cruise ship passengers died after one of the ship’s heavy duty inflatable Zodiac boats overturned near shore, Seatrade Cruise News reported.