Earlier this week, Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Marco Polo was hit by a large wave while sailing through the English Channel. At the time, the Marco Polo was sailing for it’s homeport, Tilbury, when the large wave struck the side of the ship.
The large wave reportedly struck the ship around the area of the Waldorf Restaurant, where four windows blew out upon being struck. An 85 year old man and a woman in her 70’s were reportedly in the restaurant at the time of the incident. Both were airlifted from the ship for medical treatment. The 85 year old man passed away due to his injuries once ashore. The woman remains in the hospital. Additional, non life threatening injuries were reported by guests as a result of the wave.
A statement from Cruise & Maritime Voyages reads, “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.”
The Marco Polo is currently docked in Tilbury and will remain in port, undergoing necessary repairs, until Sunday evening.