A passenger on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth cruise ship has died following an accident that occurred while attempting to board the vessel from a tender in Cambodia. The female traveler has not been identified yet.
Tenders are small boats used to transport passengers from the cruise ship to the shore while the vessel is anchored at sea.
In an official statement the company said they could confirm that a passenger had died yesterday following an accident whilst boarding ms Queen Elizabeth from a tender. Two of their crew members had reacted very quickly and had jumped in to rescue her. The woman had been then taken to the medical center but despite the efforts, had died.
The statement read Cunard customer care team would be offering every support including to those who witnessed the incident.
At the time of the accident, Cunard's Queen Elizabeth was in the port city of Sihanoukville, Cambodia (Southeast Asia).
The ship is in the midst of her 112-night world cruise that set sail from Southampton, England on January 10. The voyage is scheduled to continue with Cunard's Queen Elizabeth bound for Singapore.
Queen Elizabeth was launched in 2010 and is currently the newest luxury liner of Carnival Corporation & plc subsidiary, accommodating more than 2,000 passengers.
Gangway ramps may, on occasion, break free of either the tender or the ship, causing crew or passengers to fall into the sea.
A couple of days ago, high winds forced P&O Oriana to remain at sea off the Southampton coast. The ship finally berthed (15 hours behind schedule) at Ocean Terminal. A further 1,500 travelers were unable to start their cruise on the ship, bound for Zeebrugge and Guernsey.
In Monaco last week cruisers who had left the 3,600-passenger ship Britannia on morning excursions were temporarily unable to re-board due to a swell which halted tender operations for around 90 minutes. The Britannia is on her maiden voyage. Once transfer operations resumed, several thousand people were safely re-boarded by the crew, which meant waiting for the tender boats, rising and falling several feet on the swell, to align with ship's gangway and then making a dash for the gangway ramp.
This tragedy casts a dark cloud over the memorable year for Cunard, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary.