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Thomson Majesty Lifeboat Drill Kills Five

By February 12, 2013

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Another lifeboat drill ends with an accident, resulting in five deaths and three injuries.

The crew of the cruise ship Thomson Majesty ran lifeboat drills contrary to the advice of many maritime safety organizations. Lifeboats should not be lowered while occupied except in emergency situations. Simulated loads are inconvenient  to handle but give a realistic representation of a full emergency load.

The five killed are from the Philippines, Indonesia, and Ghana, the injured are of Greek origin. The vessel was in the Port of La Palma in the Canary Islands at the time of the accident. Reports from other crew members say the lifeboat fell from about 17 meters, or about 56 feet to the water.

In this case cable failure is to blame for now. Many components can fail or be operated in a faulty manner. Tricing pendants are frequent suspects in lifeboat accidents since proper control and release is highly dependent on condition of components and operator understanding when it come to equipment limitations.

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