Harmony of the Seas tragedy: one dead, four injured
A Harmony of the Seas crew member has died and four others have been injured when a lifeboat detached from the ship. Emergency services revealed two of those injured are thought to be fighting for their lives.
The world’s biggest cruise liner, which is operated by Royal Caribbean, is docked in the French port of Marseille.
The accident happened on Tuesday morning during a security training exercise on board the Harmony of the Seas cruise liner. Five crew members were onboard the lifeboat when it "became detached"
from the ship.
A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean said in a statement: "We are sorry to share the sad news that a crew member aboard Harmony of the Seas has died of injuries suffered during a lifeboat drill conducted while docked at the port of Marseille, France. Four other crew members received medical treatment in the same incident. We are keeping our colleagues and their families in our thoughts and prayers."
Harmony of the Seas was built by shipbuilders STX France. It is the widest ever cruise ship and is higher than a 25-storey building. Using its 16 decks, it can carry more than 6,700 passengers and 2,300 crew. It entered service in May this year.