Freak Wave Kills Cruise Ship Passenger:
Passenger, 85, dies after wave hits ship in English Channel
Here's the story:
(Newser) – An 85-year-old man on a cruise ship in the English Channel was killed after what the ship's operator calls a "freak wave" smashed into the vessel, reports the BBC. Several others were injured, including a woman who was airlifted off the Marco Polo, operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Witnesses say the wave struck early in the afternoon, with most of the injuries the result of shattered windows in the dining room, reports CNN. The ship was on its way back from a 42-day voyage to the Azores.
And here's a picture of the cruise ship Marco Polo:
Notice that we know that this is a case of freaque wave encounter is because the "ship's operator calls it"! As usual there's no details about the wave that smashed into the ship. Clearly no one saw it coming. That's all. How did it happen? It just happened!!
On the other hand, I guess it is not hard to make sense on what was happening with this kind of UK Mirror headline: "Terror Storm Kills two as 85mph gales rip across Britain"!
These youtube videos: http://youtu.be/CmRYAqhf-pk and http://youtu.be/E1smv6jb9to can probably provide some insight on what was happening!
Here's another BBC picture of the cruise ship Marco Polo: