Mary Atherton, Cruise Ship Passenger Overboard, Queen Elizabeth World Cruise Sihanoukville, Cambodia – April 1, 2015, Time of Death 12:30.
Mary Atherton, 75, a retired teacher from Penwortham, Lancashire in the United Kingdom was on a Cunard Line Queen Elizabeth, 112-night world cruise on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 around 12:30 in the afternoon when died during a cruise ship incident overboard.
Atherton fell overboard while in port at Sihanoukville, Cambodia, during a transfer from the cruise ship tender after returning to Queen Elizabeth from a cruise ship excursion into port.
Queen Elizabeth embarked on the world cruise from Southampton on January 10, 2015. The incident took place on day 82 of the 112-night cruise.
In a statement on the incident, Cunard line said, “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. Our customer care team will be offering every support including to those passengers who witnessed the incident,” said the statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends”
According to the Telegraph high winds and seas the day before put P&O Cruises’ Oriana off schedule when the cruise ship had to remain at sea off the coast of Southampton, delaying the docking at Ocean Terminal by 15 hours.
Pathologist Dr Helen Stringfellow told a coroner’s inquest that Mrs. Atherton suffered a skull fracture and died instantly. See the complete inquest file: Mary Atherton Bermuda Inquest.