Last updated: 10:21 AM ET, Thu September 15 2016

Investigation Suggests Human Error Caused Deadly Cruise Ship Accident

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | September 15, 2016

Investigation Suggests Human Error Caused Deadly Cruise Ship Accident

 PHOTO: Harmony of the Seas. (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International).  

A prosecutor in Marseille, France, said the fatal accident that occurred during a routine training exercise aboard the world's largest cruise ship earlier this week was likely the result of human error.

According to AFP, prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said the investigation into the incident that left one crew member dead and four others injured has so far turned up no evidence of faulty equipment.

"The investigation is shifting towards the theory that human error was to blame," said Tarabeux.

The 42-year-old Filipino electrical engineer was killed Tuesday when a lifeboat became detached from the ship while it was docked in Marseille. The boat plummeted approximately 33 feet into the water below.

Two of the four injured crew members have since been released from the hospital, while two others continue to receive treatment for what were originally deemed life-threatening injuries.

According to AFP, the training exercise was a routine safety drill that crew members typically engage in on a weekly basis. 

The ship, which entered service less than four months ago, was scheduled to depart for Italy Tuesday but has been forced to remain at port in Marseille while officials continue their investigation. This fall Harmony of the Seas will begin sailing regular seven-night itineraries to the Caribbean.


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