Mary Atherton Queen Elizabeth cruise death 'misadventure'

Mary Atherton
Image caption Mary Atherton died during a cruise on the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth

The death of a pensioner during a luxury cruise was "misadventure", an inquest has concluded.

Mary Atherton was attempting to step from a transport vessel, known as a tender, on to a pontoon attached to Cunard's Queen Elizabeth liner 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.

Mrs Atherton, who was 75 and from Penwortham, Lancashire, had been returning from a shore trip to Cambodia.

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

It previously heard disembarkation should have halted until sea conditions were better.

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

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