[Correction] Fatal Rescue Boat Accident on Coral Princess
A crewmember died and another is in hospital after a rescue boat accident on the cruise ship Coral Princess in Panama on October 31.
The accident occurred when a rescue boat crashed back to the water after a cable snapped as it was being hoisted. The two crewmen were on the boat doing maintenance work.
Princess Cruises released the following statement on Facebook: “It is with deep sadness that I must share the news that our colleague Husnan Fauzan has passed away from injuries he sustained in the tragic accident on Coral Princess yesterday. Husnan, who served as SGP1, joined Princess in 2004.
Husnan Fauzan and Bosun Steven Bagshaw were onboard a lifeboat. They were both taken to the hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, Husnan died of the injuries sustained in the accident. Bagshaw remains in the in the hospital in stable condition.”
An earlier version of this article misstated Cruise Lines International Association’s policy regarding crew members on lifeboats. The loading of lifeboats for training purposes should take place only when the boat is on the water. However, the raising and lowering of survival craft typically requires two to four crew members on board in order to safely raise and lower the boat.