Recently, an Italian newspaper reported that yet another lifeboat accident had occurred aboard the Costa Mediterranea. Thankfully this incident did not result in injuries. Apparently, a cable broke aboard the ship while a lifeboat was being lowered in Montenegro. Photographs depict images of the lifeboat dangling on the side of the ship. The ship was being lowered into the sea to carry passengers to a nearby dock when it fell. No one was onboard at the time. While the incident did not result in injuries, had it occurred moments later, crew members or passengers may have plummeted into the sea.
This is the most recent in a line of lifeboat accidents on a cruise ship over the past two years. In 2013, a rescue boat holding several crew members fell during a training drill, killing five. In 2014, a rescue boat from the ship Coral Princess was being raised with two crew members aboard when a cable snapped. One crew member was killed in the accident. In July 2015, we previously reported on a lifeboat accident that sent two crew members to the hospital. Two crew members aboard the Pride of America cruise ship were lowering a lifeboat when the lines suddenly gave way. They fell into the ocean and both were injured.
Safety Issues Surrounding Lifeboats
All cruise ships are equipped with lifeboats and rescue vessels. These vessels can be vital in the event of an emergency, but seem to result in injuries and death to many crewmembers in recent years. The Cruise Line International Organization (CLIA) has recognized the dangers surrounding life boats and introduced a safety proposal designed to prevent these cable snapping instances. The proposal states that cruise lines should no longer load multiple crewmembers into lifeboats during safety drills. Instead, the ship should lower lifeboats into the water first, and then crewmembers can perform necessary drills. Further, crewmembers should never be on board when the vessel is being raised. Lifeboats are designed to go one way and that is down. There is no reason to have crew members aboard when the boat is being raised.
Despite these safety recommendations, cruise lines apparently continue to place crewmembers aboard lifeboats as they are raised and lowered. This has already resulted in deaths and injuries to several crewmembers. Hopefully, in light of these recent accidents, cruise lines will reconsider safety measures and enact policies as suggested by CLIA.
If you are a crewmember injured in a cruise line accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Crewmembers may be eligible to receive coverage for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Cruise ship injuries can be complex due to the involvement of unique maritime legal rules and regulations. As such, consult with a cruise ship accident attorney as soon as possible after your injury.
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