A lifeboat of the Harmony of the Seas has detached from the 5th deck of the giant liner, on a stopover in Marseille. According to an initial report, the accident caused one death and four injuries.
According to La Provence, a lifeboat came off the fifth deck of the Harmony of the Seas, during a security exercise. The giant ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, was on a stopover in the port of Marseille.
“There is one death and four seriously injured trauma patients, both in absolute emergency and two relative urgency” , told a spokesman for the Marine brigades of Marseilles.
A Filipino 42 years died
The deceased and the four wounded were all members of the ship’s crew, said the deputy mayor of Marseille LR Julien Ruas, in charge of Marins-Pompiers who intervened quickly on lieux.Les exact circumstances of the fall canoeing are not yet known.
The lifeboat fell with “a drop of 10 metres” with five people on board, “all crew members”. The deceased is a 42 year old Filipino. Nationalities and ages of the injured are not known immediately of the other crew members. The two most seriously injured were evacuated by the Marins-Pompiers to the hospital north of Marseille, also said Julien Ruas.
Built in Saint-Nazaire
The Harmony of the Seas, floating behemoth 362 m long, 66 m wide and 72 m high, the equivalent of a 20-story building, had made its first stop in Marseille in June.
In May, tens of thousands had witnessed the departure of the ship in St. Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique), where it was built in the local shipyard STX France.
In the process, STX France had signed with Royal Caribbean a command letter of intent for three new ships, an order worth approximately 2.5 billion euros.