By: Elena Grace Flores
It is a pity that the Filipino family of the crewman who died during the routine drill exercises aboard the Norwegian Breakaway ship when it visited San Francisco has to bear the pain of losing their bread winner when the ship was not in dangerous waters. It was supposed to be a precautionary measure for future accidents. Now they know that the tethering is not reliable but it still cost a life to come to that conclusion. Perhaps, that can prevent more lives to be lost as a consolation to the loved ones of the Filipino fatality. Continue reading to know how it happened:
Global Nation Inquirer wrote: SAN FRANCISCO –– A Filipino crewman on the visiting Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship died after being injured during a routine safety training drill while the ship was moored at King’s Wharf in Dockyard, in Hamilton, Bermuda on Wednesday, July 20. The Filipino crewmember, 41, has not been named pending notification of his next of kin. He was one of four crew members who were rushed to the local hospital, according to a report by The Royal Gazette. The other three crew members are being treated for their injuries. The lifeboat’s tethering broke and it was left hanging from one wire; four crew members fell into the water, according to a Bermuda Maritime Operations spokesman. Rescuers found one man floating in the water with broken bones. Staff of the tour boat Aristocat, which towed the injured man to shore, were among the rescuers. Acting Tourism Minister Grant Gibbons said government was in touch with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) over the tragedy.
The Norwegian Breakaway arrived at Heritage Wharf earlier in the day from New York, carrying 4,300 passengers. It is expected to return to the US east coast on Friday. A Norwegian Cruise Line statement said the ship’s medical team provided immediate care on-board the vessel, and the crew members were transported to the local hospital for further medical treatment. The company, the statement said, was providing “full support and care to the crew members involved” and cooperating with the authorities investigating the tragedy.