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Cruise Ship Catastrophe Claims 2 Lives

A cruise ship catastrophe claimed 2 lives in the Mediterranean sea Wednesday. A series of "freak waves" reportedly struck the Louis Cruise Lines ship measuring 680 feet (207 meters), housing 10 passenger decks, 732 staterooms, and many bars, pools, restaurants and shops. The waves wreaked havoc for passengers and crew. The waves flooded the cabins, smashed windows including glass windshields in the foward section, killed two people aboard, and unsettled passengers. The vessel was carrying 1,350 passengers and 580 crew. The incident occurred just off of the coast of Northeastern Spain. The three waves that caused the damages were more than 33 feet (10 meters) high and terrified witnesses.

Representatives from the Louis Cruise Lines ship Michael Maratheftis reported to the Associated Press that two people died and 14 were injured as a result of the waves. Damage to the vessel was reported as "spectacular." The ship has been docked, with all 1,350 in en route to their homes yesterday. The ship will be repaired and set sail later this month. The passengers intended to enjoy a 12-day cruise from the ports of Genoa and Marseilles in the western Mediterranean, with stops to Tangiers, Casablanca, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Cadiz, Cartagena, Barcelona with a return to Genoa Thursday.

The cruise line offered a statement in regard to the tragedy: "Louis Cruises extends its sincere condolences to the families of the two victims and its full support to the injured passengers while expressing its deep sorrow for the incident."

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