Essex man killed in cruise ship wave tragedy

An 85-year-old man from Colchester in Essex was killed when a freak wave hit a cruise ship.

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Man died on cruise ship 'in need of repair', says passenger

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.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report.

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Cruise tragedy witness describes terrifying voyage

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."

Click below to hear from a witness to the tragedy.