A terrifying scene captured on camera by a Quantum of the Seas passenger shows a lifeboat being dropped from a great height into the water. Thankfully, nobody was on board and no one was hurt.
According to Cruise Hive, the incident occurred on December 1 during what looked to be tendering procedures and not a training exercise.
The lifeboat detached from its davits and plunged into the water, as seen in the video 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.”
According to Cruise Hive, the 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.
Lifeboat accidents are all too common in the marine industry and can have tragic outcomes. Fortunately, this was not the case this time.