Crew Member Dies During Rescue Boat Drill Aboard Norwegian Breakaway, Three Others Injured -Update

Norwegian Breakaway file photo
Norwegian Breakaway file photo

Four crew members of the Norwegian Breakaway have been injured in an accident during a rescue boat drill in Bermuda. 

The accident occurred Wednesday as the cruise ship was docked at the Heritage Wharf at the Royal Naval Dockyard.

Norwegian Cruise Lines has confirmed to gCaptain that one of the injured crew members has died. 

The crew was taking part in a routine drill when the rescue boat fell and was left hanging by a wire, resulting in four crew members falling into the water, according to the Royal Gazette

A statement from NCL said the Norwegian Breakaway was alongside in Bermuda when an incident occurred involving the ship’s rescue boat during a routine drill, affecting four crew members. After receiving immediate care by ship’s medical team, the crew members were transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment, where one crew member passed away, NCL confirmed to gCaptain.

“Norwegian is profoundly saddened by this loss and we share our deepest sympathies with the crew member’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

“The company is providing full support and care to those involved and is working closely with the Government of Bermuda and relevant authorities to investigate the incident,” the statement said.

RCC Bermuda said that they were advised of the accident involving the “Fast Rescue Craft” at approximately 11:51 a.m., which resulted in 4 crew members entering the water.

A video posted online shows the rescue boat overturned in the water: 

The incident is currently under investigation by relevant authorities including the Bermuda Police Service and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

The Norwegian Breakaway is visiting Bermuda on a voyage from the U.S. east coast. The ship is expected to depart Bermuda as scheduled.