It was his first sail – to be precise, his very first day on sails – which was meant to be done as part of his training. The sail was more of an Adventure Travel from Philadelphia port on the 15th of October 2012. As he boarded the ship, the crew got warning from the meteorological department about an approaching hurricane. And the orders from the port came along asking the ship to cast off and sail away.
As per the directions, they started the voyage. They were moving towards the next destination which was Columbia. But the unexpected was waiting for them – the hurricane changed its direction and came towards the ship. They didn’t get enough time to change the direction of the vessel and in no time, the vessel got stuck in the hurricane.
The ship started getting tossed around due to the hurricane and the heavy waves. The wave heights were more than 20 meters. The vessel started rolling and pitching heavily and sometimes the rolling occurred in more than 30 degrees. As this happened, the warning announcements stated repeatedly echoing along, with the alarms and the red lights.
Usually in such situations, the auto-steering becomes inactive and the same happened there. People were working hard to keep the ship steady. It was becoming impossible for the crew to stand because of the heavy rolling. Even though the pills were given, people were vomiting as a result of sea sickness.
Plates and glasses in the mess hall were thrown around. Things were scattered all over. Things started scattering around them. While all these were happening, crew were able to listen to the outside distresses through the radio equipment.
The hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and the most destructive one in 2012. Although it took three days for the hurricane to subside, the voyage of the vessel was not interrupted much. The ship, Genco Thunder, continued its sail to Columbia facing the ‘Superstorm Sandy’ heroically.
Rogin consider such incidents as blessings because most people didn’t get a chance to have such experiences. According to him, these life experiences make the life, worth living.