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Cruise Ship Hit By 26 ft High Waves; 2 Killed

Posted by Media Outrage on March 4, 2010

This is sad:

BARCELONA, Spain – Freak waves that smashed into a Mediterranean cruise ship flooded people’s cabins, broke windows in a restaurant and terrified many travelers in an ordeal that claimed two lives, a passenger said Thursday.

Claude Cremex, 73, of Marseille, France said he was in his cabin resting because of the rough seas when the walls of water hit the Cypriot-owned Louis Majesty, which was carrying 1,350 passengers and 580 crew members off the coast of northeastern Spain.

The ship’s owner and operator, Louis Cruise Lines, said the vessel was struck Wednesday by three “abnormally high” waves more than 33 feet (10 meters) high that broke glass windshields in the forward section.

Two people died and 14 were slightly hurt, the company said.

Cremex said he did not see the waves himself but later viewed the damage.

“It was spectacular,” he told The Associated Press as the ship sat docked at Barcelona’s port with passengers sunning themselves on deck the day after the accident.

“A lot of water came in. Many cabins were flooded,” said Cremex, who was traveling with his wife. “Many people were very frightened.”

Louis Cruise Lines spokesman Michael Maratheftis said 14 passengers who suffered only minor injuries were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Arrangements have been made to fly all 1,350 passengers back home Thursday and the ship will carry on with its normal cruise schedule later this month after repairs are completed, he told the AP from Cyprus.

Maratheftis said the two dead passengers suffered fatal injuries from the glass shards and ripped-out window frames and furniture.

“It was three waves, one after the other. The damage was done by the second and the third waves. We are talking about waves that exceeded 10 meters in height. This was unforeseen and unpredicted because the weather was not really that bad,” Maratheftis said.

A Louis Cruise Lines statement said the waves smashed windows in a public area on deck 5 on the forward part of the vessel. It said the passengers killed were German and Italian.

The ship was on a 12-day cruise from the ports of Genoa and Marseilles in the western Mediterranean, calling at Tangiers, Casablanca, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Cadiz, Cartagena, Barcelona and had been due to return to Genoa on Thursday.

“Louis Cruises extends its sincere condolences to the families of the two victims and its full support to the injured passengers while expressing its deep sorrow for the incident,” the statement said.

Maratheftis said many passengers have already left the ship to return home.

Louis Cruise Lines’ Web site says the ship is 680 feet (207 meters) long, and features 10 passenger decks and 732 staterooms along with various bars, pools, restaurants and shops.

7 Responses to “Cruise Ship Hit By 26 ft High Waves; 2 Killed”

  1. ucanb2 said

    OMG… condolences to those families!! Thank God there was no more loss of life.

  2. MissTX said

    Tragic. Condolences to the families of the victims.

    But what was “spectacular” about what happened?

    • BadBadKitty0727 said

      The big waves, perhaps?

      • MissTX said

        That’s just it. I don’t see anything, striking or sensational (definition of spectacular) about those waves being the cause of 2 people dying. If he’s meaning it as it being the spectacle that it was, then that’s different.

      • Mrs. 2020VIZN♥ said

        He wasn’t wrong in describing wave/event as “spectacular”. It means impressive, grand, or dramatic; unusually marked or great. We’re just used to seeing it used in a ‘positive’ light, but it can also be used in negative instances once event was a prominent, salient, striking or outstanding.

        Think of it, the wave was big enough to ‘smash’ into a cruise ship [think just how big a cruise ship is], causing floods, breaking windows and even managing to take two lives, they even referred to it as a ‘freak wave’. No matter how negative it was, just viewing that wave alone, definately was a ‘spectacle’. IMO

    • ALLISWELL5 said

      I saw a program on these types of waves…the crazy thing is, these freak waves get much taller than 30 feet…scary!

  3. Aniyaqt said

    See now that’s why I DON’T do boats

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