Giant Waves Kill Two Cruise Ship Passengers

Accident occurs near French Mediterranean port
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 3, 2010 3:56 PM CST
Map locates Marseilles, France, where a cruise ship was hit by a huge wave
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(Newser) – Greek and Cypriot officials say 26-foot waves have crashed into a cruise ship with nearly 2,000 people aboard off France, smashing glass windshields and killing two passengers. Another six people suffered minor injuries. The accident occurred near the French Mediterranean port of Marseilles as the Cypriot-owned Louis Majesty was sailing from Barcelona to Genoa with 1,350 passengers and 580 crew.

The victims were only identified as a German and an Italian man. Louis Cruise Lines spokesman Michael Maratheftis said the ship was hit by three "abnormally high" waves up to 26 feet high that broke glass windshields in the forward section. It is heading back to Barcelona.

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