|Harmony of the Seas motorised lifeboat being delivered during the construction phase, as an exceptional load on a regular road trailer, note the scale and size of this type of mega double deck lifeboat.|
The accident happened during a port of call to Marseille. Once the ships guests have gone ashore, the ship will routinely carry out a series of crew safety training exercises, in all parts of the ship and this usually includes the launching of several lifeboats, as part of the SOLAS (Saving Of Lives At Sea) programme, introduced over 100 years ago, following the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
These exercises are regularly repeated on all Royal Caribbean ships to ensure that crew have practical experience of handling the large seagoing motorised lifeboats, some of which also double up as tender vessels, for some ports of call.
The injured crew members, all thought to be on board the stricken lifeboat included three other Filipinos and an Indian man, according to AFP.
Royal Caribbean International which operates the Harmony of the Seas, confirmed the death on its Twitter account. "We're keeping our colleagues and their families in our thoughts and prayers," the company said. The local authority has already started a formal investigation, along with the International Maritime Organisation.
Harmony of the Seas is currently the world's largest cruise ship at 362 metres long, and carries more than 8,000 persons comprising passengers and crew.
The ship entered service in May this year and stands higher than a 25-storey building, and longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.
Among its facilities are 20 restaurants, 23 swimming pools, a Broadway style theatre and a casino.
Source: AFP, CNS, BBC,
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