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A scary moment captured on video by a passenger on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas shows the moment a lifeboat plunged into the water from height. Thankfully nobody was on board and their were no injuries.
Cruise Hive reports that the incident took place Thursday, December 1, during what appears to be tendering operations—rather than a training exercise.
As you can see from the video below, the lifeboat detached from its davits and fell to the water below.
“The davits for two other lifeboats were extended, hanging those boats out over the side, but number 12’s davits were still in the vertical position, having only been partially repositioned from their at rest and locked position at the time the lifeboat fell,” Cruise Hive said in its report. “As it fell, the rescue craft hit the deck of the cruise ship, before falling over the side and into the water.”
Quantum of the Seas is on a 10-night round-trip voyage from Brisbane, Australia, and was visiting Mystery Island in Vanuatu on the day of the incident, according to Cruise Hive.
Lifeboat accidents are all too common in maritime and often have tragic results. Thankfully that wasn’t the case this time.
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