Death of Cunard passenger was case of ‘misadventure’, finds inquest

Death of Cunard passenger was case of ‘misadventure’, finds inquest

An inquest has concluded that the death of a pensioner during a Cunard cruise was “misadventure”.

Mary Atherton, 75, was attempting to step from a tender boat on to a pontoon attached to the ship Queen Elizabeth when she was crushed last April.

Her family said they were shocked the crew of the tender was not told about her mobility problems.

But coroner Dr James Adeley said it was impractical to expect the crew to know.

Atherton, a retired teacher from Lancashire, had been returning from a shore excursion in Cambodia.

The Preston Coroner’s Court inquest started on April 12.

It previously heard disembarkation should have halted until sea conditions were better, the BBC reported.

Cunard has developed a prototype of a ramp developed to bridge the gap between the tender and pontoon since the incident.


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