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One person is killed and four are injured after a lifeboat detaches from the world's biggest cruise liner and plummets 32ft into the water below A lifeboat became detached from the Harmony of the Seas cruise liner  Incident happened while the world's largest liner was docked in Marseille The rubber boat then plummeted 32 feet down into the water below   One person has died and four are injured with two in a critical condition

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Did this just happen while the boat was stowed, or were they raising/lowering it with crew on board?

This just happened, they were in Marsellie and they are trying to determine if it was a life boat drill or freak accident.  Truly saddening because the 4 injured are fighting to stay alive with serious injuries.  My heart goes out to all the families!

That is crazy! This is the first I came across this story. 

The event occurred while a drill was being conducted. The lowering of boats with people on board is discouraged as when something goes wrong, then injuries happen. I don't know the answer to the problem, it seems to me that once the Lifeboat or Tender is lowered how do they get someone onboard?

I have seen this launching done within the military and coast guard and training is rigorous, but maybe in the Cruise lines world, it is not so stringent.

Lowering the lifeboats with crew inside was common on the ship my sister worked on years ago, but I didn't realize it was still being done.

How tragic for everyone on the ship - employees and guests as well as friends and families of the person who died and are those suffering from injuries.

Please correct me if I am wrong.  Of course they are going to lower the boats with people inside.  The boats are not launched and people jump overboard and climb in them.  In an emergency you are supposed to go to your muster station and when accounted for the passengers enter the life boats on deck and then lowered to the sea.  (depending on the list of the ship or fire)

How sad :(  

Here is a link to a bit more information,

http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2016/09/articles/crew-member-rights-1/lifeboat-accident-on-harmony-of-the-seas-kills-one-and-injures-several-others/

No passengers were on the lifeboat.  My heart goes out to those who were involved with the accident and their families & friends and those who viewed it, too.  How sad that it happened during a safety drill. 

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