One crew died and another four are injured after lifeboat crashed on the deck of the world’s biggest cruise liner Harmony of the Seas at the dock of Marseille. The accident happened during routine drill with five people in the lifeboat. The lines, which secure the boat, detached and it fell from the fifth deck together with the five crew members. It was understood that one 42-year old Filipino crew died and four others were seriously injured and taken to the hospital. Two from the hospitalized seamen were in critical condition too with life-threatening injuries. The accident was reported to local authorities and police started investigation for the root cause.
“We are sorry to share the sad news that a crew member aboard Harmony of the Seas has died of injuries suffered during a lifeboat drill conducted while docked at the port of Marseille, France”, said the spokesman Royal Caribbean. “Four other crew members received medical treatment in the same incident. We are keeping our colleagues and their families in our thoughts and prayers”, added he.
There were no injured passengers during the accident. The cruise liner Harmony of the Seas is on an eight-day cruise around the Mediterranean after leaving Rome, Italy, on September 8. The ship made her maiden voyage on May 29 and is the largest and most luxury cruise vessel in the world.
The cruise ship Harmony of the Seas (IMO: 9682875) has overall length of 362.00 m, moulded beam of 66.00 m and maximum draft of 9.30 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 15,000 DWT and the gross tonnage is 227,700 GRT. The cruise ship Harmony of the Seas was built by STX France at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The vessel has 18 decks and capacity for 6,780 passengers on board.