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International union for maritime professionals Nautilus has called for a full investigation into maintenance and servicing standards onboard the cruise ship Marco Polo after a passenger died during a severe storm.
James Swinstead, 85, died of injuries he sustained when an abnormally large wave crashed through the windows of the restaurant where he was seated for a Valentine's Day meal. The Bahamas-flagged vessel was passing through the English Channel during the storm on its way to its home port of Tilbury, from the Azores.
Up to 14 other people were also injured during the incident, according to vessel owner Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV).
Nautilus senior national secretary, Allan Graveson, argued: "It is not acceptable for owners to simply assert the ship was maintained and serviced. A full investigation is required."
Storm damage to the Waldorf Restaurant on the vessel was repaired, and the Marco Polo continued slightly later than scheduled in the evening of February 16, 2014, from London Tilbury on a 14-night cruise to Norway.
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