March 4, 2010 in Nation/World

Two killed after wave hits cruise ship

Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain – A 26-foot wave smashed into a cruise ship carrying nearly 2,000 people in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, smashing glass windshields and killing two passengers, according to officials and news reports.

The victims were identified as a German and an Italian man. Another six people suffered light injuries, the Greek coast guard said in a statement.

The ship asked for permission to dock in Barcelona and arrived at the Spanish port shortly after 9 p.m., the Spanish news agency Europa Press said. There, four ambulances were waiting to take the bodies and the injured to a hospital in the city, the agency said.

All television news crews were asked to leave the port late Wednesday, and it did not appear that passengers were being allowed to leave the ship.

It was unclear late Wednesday exactly where the incident took place. The Greek coast guard said the accident occurred near the French Mediterranean port of Marseille as the Cypriot-owned Louis Majesty was sailing from Barcelona to the Italian city of Genoa with 1,350 passengers and 580 crew members on board.

But the French newspaper Le Figaro and Spanish news reports said the accident happened off Capo de Begur, off the coast of Spain about 80 miles northeast of Barcelona.

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