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

(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.

A file photo of the 'Marco Polo.'
A file photo of the 'Marco Polo.'   (AP Photo/Andrew Hamilton-pa)
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