Lifeboat Falls From Quantum of the Seas – Thankfully No Accidents


On December 1, 2022, a lifeboat from Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas indifferent from its davits and fell aft-first into the water.

Captain Francesco Suma defined that the ship’s quantity 12 lifeboat, on the port facet of the vessel, “hit the deck of the cruise ship, earlier than falling over the facet and into the water. Because it settled into the water, the bow of the lifeboat additionally struck the facet of the cruise ship. The lifeboat was retrieved with massive dents and cracks on the starboard aft nook of the lifeboat, in addition to harm to the fiberglass underside of the lifeboat.”

The lifeboat accident occurred throughout what seems to have been crew coaching or tendering operations.

You may watch a video by Royal Caribbean displaying lifeboat testing being carried out by the corporate at a port in Barbados (screengrab picture high).

This isn’t the primary time {that a} lifeboat fell off of a cruise ship.

Empty Lifeboat Accidents

In December 2018, a lifeboat broke free from the Carnival Dream within the Gulf of Mexico because the Carnival cruise ship was crusing again to New Orleans on December thirtieth. Preliminary reviews steered that the lifeboat (picture proper) sheered from the davit hook and fell into the water. Thankfully, there was nobody within the lifeboat on the time.

Earlier in 2018,  a lifeboat on P&O’s Arcadia broke from its cabling and fell from its davits into the ocean whereas the cruise ship was in Ponta Delgada, Azores.

In 2017, a lifeboat broke free from Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas within the port of Charleston as a result of a frayed cable.

In 2013, a cable to a lifeboat on Royal Caribbean’s Attract of the Seas  snapped whereas the cruise ship was in Nassau.

All of those incidents occurred when there have been no passengers or crew members aboard the lifeboats. Sadly, most lifeboats failures happen as they’re being improperly raised or lowered with crew members aboard them.

Many Lethal Lifeboat Accidents

In September of 2016, two crew members had been killed and different crew members had been critically injured after a lifeboat fell from the Concord of the Seas, which was docked in Marseilles, France. 5 members of the ship’s navigation crew had been on board throughout a drill when the lifeboat grew to become indifferent and fell ten meters into the water.

Eight crew members had been in a lifeboat throughout a drill in 2013 on the Thomson Majesty cruise ship when the lifeboat plunged 60 toes into the water. The lifeboat landed the wrong way up. 5 of the crew had been killed and three had been injured.

In July of 2016, a rescue boat drill resulted within the boat falling into the water with 4 crew members from the Norwegian Breakaway whereas the cruise ship was in Bermuda. Two crew members had been killed and two different significantly injured.

Between these two occasions, there have been a number of different lifeboat mishaps. In January of 2016, a cruise ship tender boat on the Balmoral operated by Fred Olsen Traces malfunctioned, throughout a scheduled boat coaching drill whereas the cruise ship was docked in Funchal, Madeira. Thankfully, nobody was injured. In August 2015, an tour boat from the Costa Mediterranea (picture proper) apparently broke a cable whereas it was being lowered in Montenegro. Pictures despatched to me reveals what seems to be a lifeboat dangling on the facet of the Costa cruise ship. In October 2014, a rescue boat on the Coral Princess was being raised on davits with two crew members aboard when a cable snapped and a crew member was killed.

There’s a widespread saying that lifeboat drills kill or significantly injure extra folks than save lives.

I first learn in regards to the Quantum of the Seas  lifeboat failure in an article posted by the favored Cruise Hive weblog.

Quantum of the Seas is on a 10-night round-trip cruise from Brisbane, Australia, and was visiting Thriller Island in Vanuatu on the day of the incident, in accordance with Cruise Hive.

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Screengrab of Royal Caribbean testing lifeboats from Quantum of the Seas– Royal Caribbean; video of Quantum of the Seas lifeboat accident – Kyle Davis YouTube; Carnival Dream lifeboat – Mumstravelblog.


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