Another lifeboat drill results in a fatality: questions raised over cruise industry duty of care to crew

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  • Harmony of the Seas lifeboat drill accident
  • Crew member dies

The cruise industry is in shock following the death of a crew member on Royal caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and injuries to four others after a lifeboat accident during a stopover in Marseille.

The crew were taking part in a safety exercise when the lifeboat became detached from the fifth deck.

It follows a pattern of deaths of crew members from safety drill accidents, In July a 41-year-old crew member from the Norwegian Breakaway died after a lifeboat broke from its tethering and plunged into the water. Five crew died in a lifeboat accident on board Thomson Majesty in 2013.

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A written statement from Royal Caribbean read: 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. Four other crew members received medical treatment in the same incident. We are keeping our colleagues and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

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