Two dead as freak waves hit Louis Majesty

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Two passengers, a German and an Italian, have been killed and six others injured after the 1992-built cruise vessel Louis Majesty was hit by freak waves reported to be up to 8m high while en route from Barcelona to Genoa with 1,350 passengers.

It is understood the passengers were killed by flying glass when the impact of the waves shattered windows in the forward public area on deck 5. A spokesman at Louis Cruises’ headquarters in Cyprus said: “We deeply regret this incident, which could not have been foreseen and was outside our control. Our main sympathies are for the families of the deceased and our medical team is providing full care for those injured.”

Last week three crewmen – an Indian, a Honduran and a Brazilian died – and four people were injured when strong winds pushed the 54,763-tonne Costa Europa into a pier as the vessel docked at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik. Water flooded into a cabin after a 2m gash opened in the hull, trapping the three men.