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A Harmony of the Seas crew member has died and four others have been injured after a lifeboat fell off the world’s biggest cruise ship.

Five crew members were onboard the lifeboat when it “became detached” from the fifth deck during a safety drill.

The lifeboat fell 33 feet into the water. Two crew members are in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The accident happened during a stopover in Marseille.

Image source Wikipedia

Image source Wikipedia

A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean , which operates the Harmony of the Seas, has confirmed the death of the 42-year-old Filipino crew member 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.”

The injured crew members included three other Filipinos and an Indian man, AFP reports.

The Royal Caribbean Cruise also confirmed the death on its Twitter account: “We’re keeping our colleagues and their families in our thoughts and prayers.”

Harmony of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise liner at 362 metres long, and can hold more than 8,000 passengers and crew.

The liner is higher than a 25-storey building, and longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.

Among its luxurious facilities are 20 restaurants, 23 swimming pools, a theater and a casino.

Harmony of the Seas only had its maiden voyage on May 29.


France is testing the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas.

Thousands of people gathered to watch in the port of Saint-Nazaire, in western France, as the 230ft high vessel was guided out to sea by six tugs on March 10.

The €1 billion ($1.1 billion) ship is being built for the Royal Caribbean International (RCI) cruise company.

Photo Royal Caribbean

Photo Royal Caribbean

Harmony of the Seas, a 120,000-tonne vessel, is expected to be delivered to the RCI in two months.

The sea trial will continue until March 12.

The 16-deck Harmony of the Seas is 362m long – 50m longer than the Eiffel Tower is high.

After completion, Harmony of the Seas will be able to accommodate more than 6,000 passengers.

About 2,000 crew members will cater for their needs.