CNN reports that a British cruise passenger was killed during rough weather which struck a ship sailing into the English Channel.
The death occurred aboard the Marco Polo cruise ship.
The cruise line tried to characterize the death as a result of a freak accident. The incident was described as a result of a "freak wave" according to a statement released Friday by the ship's owner, Cruise & Maritime Voyages. It is quite common for cruise operators to say that a "freak wave" was the problem, rather than admitting that the sea conditions were foreseeable and that the captain and officers failed to warn the passengers of the dangers inherent in the adverse sea conditions.
There was nothing "freaky" about the waves. The U.K. is being racked by severe weather which includes driving rain and gale-force winds.
One of the most popular videos we have ever posted is that of a wave smashing through a window and causing death and destruction. You can see that video here on our YouTube channel. It has been watched around 1,500,000 times: "Wave Hits Louis Majesty Cruise Ship."
CNN says that "one elderly passenger has died and a further passenger has been airlifted for further shore-side medical assistance."
BBC News says that "water crashed through a window injuring several passengers. An 85-year-old man and a woman in her 70s were airlifted off the ship but the man later died."
The ship was sailing from the Azores to its home port in Tilbury, England and was carrying 735 passengers and 349 crew members.
February 15 2014 Update: 1 Dead, 12 Injured: Pandemonium After Wave Breaks Window & Floods Cruise Ship Restaurant.
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