A lifeboat accident occurred on a Santa Clarita, California-based Princess Cruises cruise ship, claiming the life of one crew member and causing the hospitalization of another on October 24.
The British-American cruise line confirmed in a press statement that the accident transpired on the Coral Princess. Two crew members were lowered to the ship’s hull on a lifeboat to perform maintenance work when the cable broke and the two members were dropped into the ocean along with the lifeboat. Both of the workers were rescued, but one died of injuries sustained.
The Princess Cruises management expressed their grief over the incident and promised to support the family of the deceased during this time. According to the report, this is not the only fatal accident that has happened from a cruise ship lowering and raising maintenance workers on life boats.