Update: Passenger Killed After Wave Hits Cruise Ship

February 16, 2014

Update, 8:24 a.m. EST: Cruise & Maritime Voyages confirmed Marco Polo sustained damage in the Waldorf Restaurant.

Following repairs, the ship is scheduled to sail Sunday night from Tilbury to Norway and the Land of the Northern Lights.

(February, 14 9:02 p.m. EST) -- A cruise passenger onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Marco Polo was killed Friday after a large wave hit the side of the ship, according to a CNN report.

The ship was passing through the English Channel when the wave struck it. An 85-year-old man and woman in her 70s were injured and airlifted to shore, but the man died of the injuries, according to multiple news reports.

In a statement Friday night, Cruise & Maritime Voyages said the company "regrets to advise that earlier today their cruise ship m/s Marco Polo, en-route to her home port of Tilbury from the Azores, was hit by a freak wave during adverse sea conditions in the south western approaches of the English Channel. One elderly passenger has died and a further passenger has been airlifted for further shore-side medical assistance."

The vessel was carrying 735 passengers -- mostly British -- at the time, according to the line. The ship departed its Tilbury, England, homeport January 5, 2014.

--By Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor