Freak Wave Kills Cruise Ship Passenger
85-year-old dies after wave hits vessel in English Channel
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2014 7:45 AM CST
A file photo of the 'Marco Polo.'   (AP Photo/Andrew Hamilton-pa)

(Newser) – An 85-year-old man on a cruise ship in the English Channel was killed after what the ship's operator calls a "freak wave" smashed into the vessel, reports the BBC. Several others were injured, including a woman who was airlifted off the Marco Polo, operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Witnesses say the wave struck early in the afternoon, with most of the injuries the result of shattered windows in the dining room, reports CNN. The ship was on its way back from a 42-day voyage to the Azores. Earlier this month in the US, a young boy died in a cruise ship's pool.

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Feb 16, 2014 11:14 AM CST
"Earlier this month in the US, a young boy died in a cruise ship's pool." It's important to Newser to have their staff do everything they can to increase page views, even if that means ghoulishly exploiting the death of a child.
Feb 15, 2014 7:00 PM CST
I have sailed the oceans my whole life (from new crew member to Captain) and these "Rogue" waves do exist (usually in sets of 3 with the first one being the largest) and they will continue to do so. Sure they are more prevalent in some areas than others, but never let your guard down and you'll most likely get home.
Feb 15, 2014 3:57 PM CST
Has anyone noticed lately how obscenely huge the modern cruise ships look? When I see pictures of them now, all I can think of is that I am looking at a bloated representation of greed.