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Royal Caribbean ship worker dies in lifeboat drill

Published 13/09/2016

A crew member on Harmony of the Seas has died in a lifeboat drill
A crew member on Harmony of the Seas has died in a lifeboat drill

A crew member on a Royal Caribbean ship has died during a lifeboat drill being conducted in Marseille, France.

The Miami-based cruise line made the announcement on its officials Twitter page.

According to tweets, four other crew members received medical treatment following the incident on the Harmony of the Seas - the world's largest cruise liner.

According to Royal Caribbean's website, the ship arrived in Europe in May and makes stops in France, Italy and Spain.

AP

Julien Ruas, a deputy mayor of Marseille, said that the lifeboat fell 10 metres or so from the fifth deck of the Harmony of the Seas into the sea with the five crew members aboard.

He identified the dead crew member as a 42-year-old Filipino. Circumstances of the accident are still unclear.

Local naval firefighters told the AP one person died, two were seriously injured and two were more lightly injured.

The Miami-based Royal Caribbean cruise line said in a statement that the incident happened while the ship was docked in the port of the Mediterranean city.

The Harmony of the Seas holds the record for the largest cruise ship ever built, with a capacity of 8,690 people, including 6,300 passengers and 2,390 crew members.

At 362 metres long, the 16-deck ship is longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.

It has been compared to a floating city with more than 2,500 staterooms, 20 dining venues, 23 swimming pools, water slides, a park with more than 10,000 plants and 50 trees, two climbing walls, discos and bar clubs, a theatre, a skating rink, a basketball court and a casino.

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