France : Cruise ship crewmember dies in lifeboat drill


MARSEILLE, France — A crewmember on the world's biggest voyage ship kicked the bucket and four others were harmed Tuesday when a raft tumbled from the deck into the water amid a salvage drill in Marseille, the administrator and authorities in the southern French port city said. 

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Julien Ruas, an agent leader of Marseille, told The Associated Press that the raft fell around 10 meters (33 feet) from the fifth deck of the Harmony of the Seas into the ocean with the five crewmembers on board. He recognized the dead crewmember as a 42-year-old Filipino. Conditions of the mischance are still hazy. 

Neighborhood maritime firefighters told the AP one individual kicked the bucket, two were genuinely harmed and two were all the more marginally harmed in the "vicious" fall. All were individuals from the group. 

"It appears the general population didn't get an ideal opportunity to secure themselves so the fall was a significant rough one, as in the event that you or me fell around 10 meters from a building," Ruas, who is accountable for fire fighters, told The Associated Press. He said the reason the raft split away was not quickly clear. 

The Miami-based Royal Caribbean voyage line "condemned" the demise and said in an announcement that the episode happened amid a security exercise while the boat was docked in the port of the Mediterranean city.The Harmony of the Seas holds the record for the biggest journey transport ever worked, with a limit of 8,690 individuals, including 6,300 travelers and 2,390 group individuals. The $1 billion boat was implicit France and set sail for its inaugural journey in May. 

At 362 meters (1,187 feet) long, the 16-deck boat is longer than the stature of the Eiffel Tower. It's been contrasted with a coasting city with more than 2,500 staterooms, 20 eating venues, 23 swimming pools, water slides, a recreation center with more than 10,000 plants and 50 trees, two climbing dividers, discos and bar clubs, a theater, a skating arena, a ball court and a clubhouse.

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