P&O cruise passengers horrified as luggage falls into sea after hoist snaps

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Passengers on a P&O cruise were left with soggy luggage after the hoist getting it onto the Ventura boat snapped – flinging it all into the sea.

Lifeboats were deployed to fish the 20 suitcases out of the dock in Southampton, but only half were rescued.

The rest are now sitting at the bottom of the sea.

The ship had just returned to the Southampton Mayflower terminal from Amsterdam.

Video footage and photos of the incident went viral online, and Ally Day, who posted them said: “They take the cases off 20 at a time via a hoist.

“Staff said the hoist had snapped sending 20 cases into the sea with only ten recovered.

“We got our cases off but felt really bad for others.”

A P&O Cruises spokesman said: “We swiftly put our protocols in place to recover the luggage.

“We have been in touch to apologise.”

Social media users reacted in horror at the footage.

One users, The Cruise Life, tweeted: “Oh no!

“Imagine boarding your cruise ship and you look down to see your suitcase floating in the water being chased by a lifeboat “

The Ventura ship can hold around 3,192 passengers and reaches 288 metres in length.

The incident adds to the nightmare time for holidaymakers this month, after EasyJet cancelled more than 200 half-term holiday flights last week, causing chaos for thousands of families.

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The budget airline said around 24 flights a day would be cancelled at Gatwick Airport from Saturday, May 28 to June 6 so it could "provide reliable services over this busy period".

The half-term holiday period was expected to be the busiest for air travel since the pandemic, with tens of thousands of families travelling abroad.

In a statement, easyJet said: "We are very sorry for the late notice of some of these cancellations and inconvenience caused for customers booked on these flights however we believe this is necessary to provide reliable services over this busy period.

"Customers are being informed from today and provided with the option to rebook their flight or receive a refund and can apply for compensation in line with regulations."

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