Five crew members died when a lifeboat drill went amiss. CNN has an article which provides more information on this most recent tragedy.
YouTube has a dramatic video (where nobody is hurt) of just how dangerous this can be
It is not that we shouldn’t train but it is obvious that lifeboats with their complex lifting davits and great weight poise a special danger.
Along with those at CNN our thoughts are also with the families and friends of those lost in this tragedy. As was said on Hill Street Blues, “let’s be careful out there”.
Past president of the United States Marine Safety Association and retired sailor
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