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Lifeboat Damaged After Falling from Carnival Cruise Ship


By Emrys Thakkar

One of the lifeboats has fallen from CARNIVAL DREAM while the ship was at sea in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday afternoon heading back to New Orleans. Thankfully no crew members were on board the small boat at the time and it is believed the lifeboat just broke free from the cruise ship. Passengers have been posting on social media of the damaged lifeboat which has a large hole at the front. The Carnival cruise ship turned around and came to a stop. According to the Mum’s Travel Blog, the incident occurred at around 2:00 PM and ship officers could be seen with binoculars having a good look at the lifeboat which had floated away from the ship. The site went on to mention that the crew launched another lifeboat to go and investigate. There were three crew members and one had a large stick to bring the stricken boat alongside. After at least an hour it was decided to leave the damaged lifeboat at sea as it was impossible to connect and raise back to the CARNIVAL DREAM.


Source : cruise hive


This is not the first time that a lifeboat fell off of a cruise ship.


Earlier this year,  a lifeboat on P&O’s Arcadia broke from its cabling and fell from its davits into the sea while the cruise ship was in Ponta Delgada, Azores.

Last year, a lifeboat broke free from Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas in the port of Charleston due to a frayed cable.

In 2013, a cable to a lifeboat on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas  snapped while the cruise ship was in Nassau.
All of these incidents occurred when there were no passengers or crew members aboard the lifeboats. Unfortunately, most lifeboats failures occur as they are being improperly raised or lowered with crew members aboard them.

In September of 2016, two crew members were killed and other crew members were critically injured after a lifeboat fell from the Harmony of the Seas, which was docked in Marseilles, France. Five members of the ship’s navigation crew were on board during a drill when the lifeboat became detached and fell ten meters into the water.

Eight crew members were in a lifeboat during a drill in 2013 on the Thomson Majesty cruise ship when the lifeboat plunged 60 feet into the water. The lifeboat landed upside down. 5 of the crew were killed and 3 were injured.

In July of 2016, a rescue boat drill resulted in the boat falling into the water with four crew members from the Norwegian Breakaway while the cruise ship was in Bermuda. Two crew members were killed and two other seriously injured.

Between these two events, there have been several other lifeboat mishaps. In January of 2016, a cruise ship tender boat on the Balmoral operated by Fred Olsen Lines malfunctioned, during a scheduled boat training drill while the cruise ship was docked in Funchal, Madeira. Fortunately, no one was injured.

In August 2015, an excursion boat from the Costa Mediterranea (photo right) apparently broke a cable while it was being lowered in Montenegro. Photographs sent to me shows what appears to be a lifeboat dangling on the side of the Costa cruise ship. In October 2014, a rescue boat on the Coral Princess was being raised on davits with two crew members aboard when a cable snapped and a crew member was killed.


There is a popular saying that lifeboat drills kill or seriously injure more people than save lives.

 

 

 

                         

 

 

 

 

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