Two crew members, reportedly working on a lifeboat on the Explorer of the Seas, fell from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship near Victoria last evening, according to News 1130.
The two overboard ship workers were apparently rescued by another vessel, which has not been identified yet.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre stated that :the two were working on a lifeboat on the Explorer of the Seas, which belongs to Royal Caribbean Cruises, when they ended up in the water.”
The rescue centre says it “doesn’t know whether they were crew members or passengers,” which seems strange because passengers obviously do not work on lifeboats.
There is no indication exactly how long the workers were in the water or exactly how they fell from the cruise ship. Royal Caribbean has work-aloft and working overboard procedures which require ship employees to be equipped with harness to prevent them from falling. Typically the work on lifeboats is permitted only after the ship employees obtain work-aloft certificates requiring that certain safety protocols set forth in the Royal Caribbean safety management system (called SQM on Royal Caribbean ship) be followed. Department heads and the staff captain typically must be aware of, approve and supervise the work.
The two workers were reportedly assessed for injuries and then returned to the Explorer of the Seas.
Photo credit: MarineTraffic AIS of Explorer of the Seas