Massive 26-foot-plus waves hit cruise ship Louis Majesty earlier today, which was “sailing under a Maltese flag and traveling from Barcelona, Spain,” and killed two passengers on board. Data collected by a buoy off the French coast indicated 45mph winds, a contributing factor to the cause of high waves. Continue reading for raw footage, courtesy of AP (*updated).

The Greek Louis Cruise Lines ship was off the French port of Marseille when it was hit by “abnormal” waves, some more than 26 feet (9 meters) high, cruise line spokesman Michael Maratheftis said.

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