Sunday, May 14, 2006

Sailor Dies In Brawl

A Crew member has died after being attacked on board the Queen Mary 2 cruise liner.. The man suffered serious head injuries after an alleged row with another member of staff, Cunard spokesman Eric Flounders said. The victim was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Holland but later died of his injuries. The attack occurred yesterday. Officers from Hampshire Police have flown to Bergen, in Norway, where the liner is now docked, to investigate the attack. Mr Flounders said the crew member accused of causing the injuries was confined to his cabin until police arrived. He said both men involved were from the Philippines.Mr Flounders said: “The cruise will continue as normal and none of our passengers have been affected. It is due back in Southampton on Wednesday. The matter is now in the hands of Hampshire Police.” Cunard said British police have jurisdiction to investigate the attack because the Queen Mary 2 is registered in Southampton. The 1,132ft vessel can carry up to 2,620 passengers who are looked after by a crew of 1,253. It cost an estimated £422million to build and travels to destinations including New York, the Caribbean and Canada. Cunard Line has operated ocean liners since 1840. Its ships also include the Queen Elizabeth 2, while the Queen Victoria will join the fleet next year.

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