A lifeboat that broke away from Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Dream has been recovered after it broke off from the ship and fell into water.
Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson Vance Gulliksen told Passenger Ship Technology “The lifeboat that dislodged has been recovered and was towed back to a maintenance facility.”
He added “Until we examine the vessel we cannot speculate as to the cause.”
According to reports, the lifeboat broke off from davits while the cruise ship was travelling in the Gulf of Mexico on 30 December 2018. Nobody was in the life boat which floated away from the cruise ship. It was decided to leave the damaged lifeboat at sea as it could not be raised back on board. The accident did not affect the ship’s itinerary.
This is not the first lifeboat incident in the cruise industry. In January 2018 UK’s National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) demanded urgent action over lifeboat safety after an incident on a Carnival cruise ship earlier that month.
RMT said in a statement that five people were hurt during a routine training exercise involving a lifeboat on P&O Cruises’ Arcadia, while it was in the Azores.
The union said this is the “latest in a catalogue of serious incidents involving lifeboats – an issue that the union has been campaigning for change and improvements on for a number of years”. Cruise industry body CLIA responded to RMT in a statement where it said that the “cruise industry is vigilant in reviewing operational safety matters and has a history of putting the safety of passengers and crew first.”
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