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Published on : Thursday, July 21, 2016
A lifeboat accident from the cruise line Norwegian Breakaway injured four of its staff members and claimed the life of a 41-year-old crew member. The lifeboat had broken from its tethering and consequently, fallen into the water when the cruise liner was undergoing a safety training drill. The Filipino man was rushed to the hospital along with the four shipping staff members.
‘Aristocrat’, a tour boat rescued the injured men with the help of its staff members and also towed the critically injured man to the store.
The deceased person is yet to be identified till the time his kin arrives at the spot. Meanwhile, the other crew members have been treated on the night of 20th July. Andrew Smith, Aristocrat’s captain said that the crew members of Norwegian Breakaway were unable to move its lifeboat, therefore one of his crew named James Baxter rushed to assist him.
The man who was critically injured was suffering from leg and back pain, and had broken many bones.
The risk of maneuvering a man with spinal injuries is considerable. This is the reason why Mr. James Baxter helped the man to tow him to Calico Jack’s bar. There, paramedics placed a board beneath the back of the injured man.
Mr. Smith said that the man with spinal injuries was incapable of speaking and that he felt miserable for the others as well, who were injured by the accident.
A spokesman of Bermuda Maritime Operations, the cause of the accident remains a mystery. He also said that the lifeboat was seen dangling from the cruise ship from a single wire.
The ambulances from King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Port Royal immediately responded to the incident which is currently being investigated.
On Tuesday morning The Norwegian Breakaway had arrived and it was carrying 4,300 passengers. The ship is scheduled to return to the East Coast of US today.