Queen Elizabeth cruise ship passenger dies after falling from boat

Woman fell from tender while boarding the ship in Cambodia

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Queen Elizabeth cruise liner

A cruise passenger has died after falling from Cunard's Queen Elizabeth ship.

The traveller, who has not been named, fell from a tender (small boat) while boarding the ship which was docked in Cambodia.

According to Breaking Travel News, an official statement from Cunard said: "We can confirm that a passenger died earlier today following an accident while boarding Queen Elizabeth from a tender.

"Two of our crew members reacted very quickly and jumped in to rescue her.

"She was then taken to the medical centre but despite our very best efforts, she died."

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Queen Elizabeth was at Cambodia's port city Sihanoukville as part of a 112-night world cruise which departed Southampton in January.

The world cruise is continuing and is bound for Singapore but Cunard said: "Our customer care team will be offering every support including to those passengers who witnessed the incident.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."

In 2013, a British man died after falling down the stairs on a cruise bound for the Canary Islands.

Garth O'Donnell, 73, from Kempston in Bedfordshire, was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs on the Fred Olsen cruise ship bleeding from the nose and ears on Christmas Day.

He had set sail on the Aurora on 21 December but, four days into the trip, he was involved in the accident off the coast of France.

Mr O'Donnell was still conscious and vomiting when he was found. He was taken to the Hôpital de la Cavale Blanche in north west France, where he later died.

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