An inquest has concluded: the death of a pensioner during Cunard voyage was "misadventure".

Last April, 75-year-old Mary Atherton was attempting to step from a tender boat onto a pontoon attached to Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, when she was crushed. Her family were shocked that the crew of the tender wasn't told about her mobility problems.

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Coroner Dr James Adeley said that it was 'impractical to expect the crew to know'.

The Preston Coroner's Court inquest started April 12. It previously heard disembarkation should have halted until sea conditions were better, BBC reported.

Since the incident, Cunard Line developed a prototype of ramp developed to bridge the gap between the pontoon and tender.

The retired teacher from Lancashire, Mary Atherton, had been returning from a shore trip in Cambodia.

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