brown polo boots for men Widow criticises British cruise ship Marco Polo operated by Cruise and Maritime Voyages after death of husband
The widow of a man killed after a freak wave hit a cruise ship in the English Channel has criticised the ”badly maintained” vessel as she paid tribute to her ”lovely husband”.
James Swinstead, 85, died ”almost instantly” after water rushed on board the British cruise ship Marco Polo as it was battered by waves during severe storms.
The 22,000 tonne vessel, operated by Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV), was heading for its home port of Tilbury in Essex at the end of a 42 night voyage when the incident happened on Valentine’s Day.
”The crew have been fantastic. I think the ship is improperly maintained. It had come from Madeira before we got on it in January and they had bad storms then.
”There’s so much paint on the outside you can’t see the rust,
they just slop some more on when they get to port.
”It was quite dreadful. I was sitting next to him and this window came in and the sea with it.
”We were all very, very wet. I think a woman was taken to hospital and my husband was going to get on the helicopter but he died before they could get him on it.
”He’s never made headline news. He’ll be sitting on his cloud chortling.”
Following the incident, CMV said: ”CMV regrets to advise that earlier today their cruise ship m/s 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.”
Following repair work, the Marco Polo is due to set sail this evening from Tilbury on a scheduled 14 night cruise to Norway and the Land of the Northern Lights.