Life Boat Falls from Cruise Ship and Capsizes in Charleston Harbor

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  • A life boat fell from the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship Monday, while the ship was in Charleston Harbor.
  • A U.S. Coast Guard team was dispatched to the area to inspect the damage.
  • No one was reported harmed in the incident.

South Carolina news outlets are reporting that a life boat, belonging to a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, fell into the sea and capsized Monday.

The incident occurred in Charleston Harbor this afternoon. After the U.S. Coast Guard was alerted to the incident, a Coast Guard spokesperson indicated that they had dispatched a team to assess the vessel for any damage, and to assess the area for any potential spills of hazardous materials.

Though no injuries were reported in the incident, life boat accidents can be particularly deadly. At least two life boat accidents each resulted in multiple fatalities of crew members in 2016. A particularly deadly accident several years ago left five crew members dead.

It is alarming that, in light of these deaths, life boat accidents like the one witnessed today continue to happen. The ongoing trend likely stems from an underlying lack of crew training and supervision.