An investigation into how the incident happened, which resulted in the world’s largest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas being forced to remain in Marseille for a day, has found no sign of “faulty equipment,” according to Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux.
“The investigation is shifting towards the theory that human error was to blame,” Tarabeux said.
Human error was likely the cause of the lifeboat falling 30 feet into the sea causing the death of a 42-year old crew member, who has been identified as Ariel Leyson. Four other crew members suffered injuries.
Two of the four injured crew members have since been released from hospital. The other two who suffered serious injuries are still in hospital in Marseille where they are receiving treatment.
The 227,000 gross tonne Harmony of the Seas is currently sailing a 7-night Western Mediterranean cruise, which departed Barcelona on 11 September. Due to the incident the ship’s visit to La Spezia, Italy was cancelled.