Cruise passenger dead after freak wave

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A cruise ship passenger has died and another has been airlifted to shore after their 22,000-tonne vessel was hit by a freak wave in the English Channel.

The wave battered the British cruise ship Marco Polo, operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, as it headed for Tilbury in Essex at the end of a 42-night voyage to South America and the West Indies.

Water crashed through a window injuring several of the 735 passengers, who were mainly British.

An 85-year-old man and a woman in her 70s were airlifted off the ship. The man later died. Other passengers were treated for injuries.

- AAP

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