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A couple from Norfolk on board a cruise ship when a freak wave struck killing a pensioner, say they believe the ship was already in need of repair.
Moss Taylor and his partner Robina were on board the Marco Polo when they saw 85-year-old James Swinstead from Eight Ash Green near Colchester hit by a glass window.
The couple also paid tribute to staff on the ship who tried to help passengers when the wave struck.
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A passenger filmed dramatic scenes from aboard a cruise ship as it battled through a storm on Friday.
James Swinstead from Colchester was killed when a freak wave hit the Marco Polo, causing a glass window to fall out.
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A retired GP from Norfolk has been talking about the dramatic moment when a freak wave struck a cruise ship, killing an Esssex pensioner.
Moss Taylor and his partner Robina were on board the Marco Polo and were having lunch on Friday when they saw 85-year-old James Swinstead from Eight Ash Green near Colchester hit by a glass window.
Mr Taylor said: "It just shot out of the frame and flew horizontally with the force of the water, like a flying saucer or an enormous plate. These were plate glass windows, 3 to 4 feet in size.
"The poor chap sitting next to the window on the starboard side caught it in the back of his head and he died that day from the injury."
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The first picture has been released of the 78-year old man who died when the cruise ship he was on was hit by a freak wave during Friday night's storms.
James Swinstead from Eight Ash Green near Colchester died almost instantly when the wave hit him.
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It's emerged that an 85-year-old man who died after being hit by a freak wave on a cruise ship in the English Channel was from Colchester.