(CNN) - A passenger aboard the British-based cruise ship MS Marco Polo was killed after the ship was hit by a "freak wave during adverse sea conditions" as it made its way into the English Channel, according to a statement released Friday by the ship's owner, Cruise & Maritime Voyages.
"One elderly passenger has died and a further passenger has been airlifted for further shore-side medical assistance," it said.
The cruise line did not release the identity or nationality of the dead passenger.
The ship was en route from the Azores to its home port in Tilbury, England, and it was carrying 735 passengers and 349 crew members, the cruise line said. The passengers are primarily British, it said.
The cruise line did not reveal the condition of the injured passenger or say whether there were other injuries.