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Passenger Dies Boarding A Tender On Queen Elzabeth Today

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    Passenger Dies Boarding A Tender On Queen Elzabeth Today

    A passenger has died following an accident while boarding the Queen Elizabeth from a tender (the small boats that carry passengers from ship to shore or port when the cruise ship anchors at sea).
    The cruise ship, part of the Cunard fleet, was in Sihanoukville, a deep-water port city in Cambodia, on a 112-night world cruise which left Southampton on January 10.
    "We can confirm that a passenger died earlier today following an accident whilst boarding Queen Elizabeth from a tender," says the official statement. "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."

    Queen Elizabeth passenger dies boarding a cruise ship tender - Telegraph
    Last edited by Delboy, Essex; 1st April 2015, 06:56 PM.
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    #2
    Oh my goodness! That's very sad. I wonder how it happened?

    I also wonder what she died of. I can't imagine that being in the water for a few minutes (if that) would be enough to kill someone?
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      #3
      Absoultely tragic. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the person who died and the crew and passengers who witnessed this awful accident. God Bless
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        #4
        Originally posted by dst87, Falkirk View Post
        I can't imagine that being in the water for a few minutes (if that) would be enough to kill someone?
        Yes it can. It's happened before. The water might be freezing and there is the 'shock' factor.

        This is one of the reasons tendering can be cancelled in winds or even moderate seas. The passengers often complain, but do not realise the risks to their safety.

        O.K. tendering accidents are very rare, but they do happen very occasionally.

        A few years ago, I recall a Thomson crew member being cruised by a tender boat which he was assisting to dock with the ship.

        Sad!

        (Somebody died boarding one of the Thames Clipped boats a while back)
        Last edited by Malcolm, Essex; 1st April 2015, 11:16 PM.
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          #5
          How very sad.
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            #6
            On reading other posts on other sites It appears that the tender was docking alongside the ships Pontoon in a Swell & the Lady lost her balance & fell of the tender between the tender & the Ship
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              #7
              I saw the news on FB earlier. What a horrible thing to happen. I have only been tendered into a port on one occasion, and that was in Phi Phi Island; the Andaman sea was like a millpond. I was on QE in June 2012 in Cherbourg, and the gangway had to be closed because of the rough sea.
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                #8
                P&O had problems tendering on the maiden at Monaco due to bad weather, understand a rope snapped connecting a tender to a pontoon, think they had to suspend it for a while.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Delboy, Essex View Post
                  P&O had problems tendering on the maiden at Monaco due to bad weather, understand a rope snapped connecting a tender to a pontoon, think they had to suspend it for a while.
                  Yes I was on that tender. But there was no pontoon we had to go from the life boat to the ship, some passengers were in quite a state.

                  The poor lady that fell, it must have been awful and she probably died of shock. Its just so sad ............................................Carol

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by tuggy, warminster View Post
                    On reading other posts on other sites It appears that the tender was docking alongside the ships Pontoon in a Swell & the Lady lost her balance & fell of the tender between the tender & the Ship
                    Tendering doesn't generally bother me.

                    However after my helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef, the helicopter landed on the pontoon. The sea was NOT a millpond. I then had to transfer from pontoon to a small boat then onto a yacht. So I can very easily appreciate how this accident happened.

                    My condolences to the family and my sympathies to those who witnessed this accident.

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                      #11
                      Cruise Ship Deaths 2015

                      by Cruise Ship Deaths on 03/19/15April 1, 2015 - Cunard Line - Queen Elizabeth - Cruise ship passenger died after fall from tender while boarding the cruise ship from in port of Silhanoukville, Cambodia. Crew members dove in to help the victim. But, she later died in a local hospital. Queen Elizabeth was on a 112-night world cruise which embarked from Southampton, UK. Details unfolding. Also see Asia Cruise Ship Tracker or see Queen Elizabeth Schedule

                      This is the only other info I could find about this sad incident .
                      We were on Arcadia in the Caribbean a few years ago and were trying to berth next to Celebrities Mercury ,A very laud crack was heard and ,due to the swell one of the thick ropes that they use had snapped ,the shore end had hit a lady from Mercury in the back ,she was hospitalized.We later found out it was a 4 foot swell,you could hardly notice it ...Taffy
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                        #12
                        Awful news, I am now quite nervous of tenders/pontoons. We returned to Queen Victoria in Korcula & the seas were a little choppy as you can see here:



                        The spray was all over the tender & we were really 'rocking'. I did not want to get caught in the rush to get off, so we waited whilst others hurried past us.

                        Eventually we disembarked, but by that time the platform and pontoon were really slippery, I lost my footing a horrible moment! I was grabbed by the crew and my Husband, who were all wonderful. Had their reactions not had been as quick, who knows.

                        My heart goes out to that Lady and her relatives.
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                          #13
                          A tragic event for all concerned.

                          Not matter how little the swell I always take the hands of the crew to board a tender. We have often been told to wait until the last wave has subsided and then get on before the next one comes along.

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                            #14
                            On trying to board a tender at Guernsey in choppy seas, just as I was about to step aboard the gap between the ship and tender suddenly widened to about 4 feet! I was grabbed straight away by the crew (not that I would have tried to board) and pulled back from the edge. It all happened so quickly so I can see how easy it is for accidents to happen. Very sad for all concerned.
                            Cheers Drew and Linda

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