By Frank Lockwood

Staff writer

HERMISTON — A Hermiston resident and her daughter were aboard the seven-day cruise ship that malfunctioned on May 19 in the strait of Juan de Fuca, injuring 78 people.

Margaret Saylor, director of Blue Mountain Community Colleges satellite center in Hermiston, and her daughter “Libby” Elizabeth Davis had lunch and were amidship enjoying a cold drink on a ninth deck veranda aboard the Norwegian Sky.

“It was the most incredible, beautiful day,” she says, when, about 2 p.m., the ship suddenly went into a sharp turn which tipped the vessel to (what seemed like to Saylor) 45 degrees toward the starboard (right) side and sent chairs skidding across the decks.

“I was holding a glass in one hand and an ice cream bar in the other,” Saylor laughed, “and I kept tilting my glass to keep it from spilling.”

Then she felt the deck shaking, saw desks starting to move. Stuff fell off shelves and food flew off the tables.

A little later, the captain went on the loudspeaker and said some people had been injured, but the emergency was over, Saylor says.

“The casino called for a stretcher team,” she said. And they gave out code numbers which sent the staff scurrying off to positions for which they had apparently been trained. (For the full story see the May 29, 2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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