1 killed, multiple injured when a giant wave crashed into Marco Polo cruise ship

By Accidents

A large wave crashed into the cruise ship Marco Polo, killing 1 passenger and injuring multiple in the English Channel. The vessel was sailing to Tilbury when a giant wave struck the cruise ship according to the company owner Cruise & Maritime Voyages. MS Marco Polo is a British vessel and was heading to its home port. A 85-year-old man and a woman in her 70s were airlifted off the ship when water smashed through a window, the man later died. Most of the people on board the cruise ship Marco Polo are British (735).

It was announced also that other passengers were treated on board for sustaining minor injuries. The cruise ship was reported that now is docked at Tilbury. The vessel (22,000-tonne) has been on 42-night voyage and was sailing from the Azores when this tragic incident occurred. The cruise company announced: 

"CMV regrets to advise that earlier today their cruise ship MS Marco Polo, en-route to her home port of Tilbury from the Azores, was hit by a freak wave during adverse sea conditions in the south western approaches of the English Channel.

"One elderly passenger has died and a further passenger has been airlifted for further shore-side medical assistance.

"The vessel sailed from Tilbury on January 5 and is carrying 735 mainly British passengers and 349 crew.

"Our thoughts are very much with these passengers and their families during this difficult time."

It was revealed more information about the incident. A wave crashed through the window of the Waldorf restaurant. 14 passengers were injured. Marco Polo, next year will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The vessel is known to be one of the smallest and oldest cruise ships sailing from Britain.