A Harmony of the Seas crew member has died and four others have been injured after a lifeboat fell off the world’s biggest cruise ship.
Five crew members were onboard the lifeboat when it “became detached” from the fifth deck during a safety drill.
The lifeboat fell 33 feet into the water. Two crew members are in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The accident happened during a stopover in Marseille.
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A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean , which operates the Harmony of the Seas, has confirmed the death of the 42-year-old Filipino crew member in a statement: “We are sorry to share the sad news that a crew member aboard Harmony of the Seas has died of injuries suffered during a lifeboat drill conducted while docked at the port of Marseille, France.
“Four other crew members received medical treatment in the same incident. We are keeping our colleagues and their families in our thoughts and prayers.”
The injured crew members included three other Filipinos and an Indian man, AFP reports.
The Royal Caribbean Cruise also confirmed the death on its Twitter account: “We’re keeping our colleagues and their families in our thoughts and prayers.”
Harmony of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise liner at 362 metres long, and can hold more than 8,000 passengers and crew.
The liner is higher than a 25-storey building, and longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.
Among its luxurious facilities are 20 restaurants, 23 swimming pools, a theater and a casino.
Harmony of the Seas only had its maiden voyage on May 29.
John Travolta is facing a new accusation of sexual harassment after a third man came forward yesterday.
Fabian Zanzi has accused John Travolta of accosting him back in 2009 while he was working on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
Chilean-born Fabian Zanzi was an employee on the liner at the time and was in charge of VIP guests.
Fabian Zanzi – the first of the three victims to be publicly named – told South American news website ABC.es that John Travolta approached him and offered him $12,000 to have sex with him.
He told the website he refused the actor’s advances.
Fabian Zanzi recalled: “He had something on his neck. I thought it was a fuzz. As I approached, he took off his white coat and was naked.
“He hugged me and asked me to do a massage.”
Fabian Zanzi has accused John Travolta of accosting him back in 2009 while he was working on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Reports suggest Fabian Zanzi has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against John Travolta – although this has yet to be verified.
The news comes following claims from two unidentified masseurs alleging John Travolta sexually assaulted them. They are suing for $2 million in damages.
John Travolta’s lawyer, Marty Singer has strenuously denied the two initial claims and is yet to comment on the latest allegations.
The first two masseurs to come forward have been named as John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 in U.S. lawsuits. Both are being represented by lawyer Okorie Okorocha and claim John Travolta made sexually advances towards them.
Wednesday John Travolta’s camp put forward photographic evidence which appeared to provide Travolta with an alibi with regard to claims by John Doe #1, who alleges he was assaulted by the actor on January 16 of this year at a Beverly Hills hotel in Los Angeles.
John Travolta’s lawyers, however, claim the actor was in New York City on that date – releasing a restaurant receipt from the Mr. Chow restaurant in NYC and two photographs of the actor as evidence.
It is claimed by TMZ.com that two photos show him first at 4:30 p.m. and then again at 5:21 p.m., at a fitting for his upcoming movie Killing Season in the Big Apple.
In a new development today, the New York Daily News reports flight records prove John Travolta landed in Westchester, New York, hours before sunrise on the day John Doe #1 claims the alleged sexual harassment took place in Los Angeles.
It supports the actor’s alibi he was 3,000 miles away from the scene of the alleged groping.
In another bizarre twist the unidentified masseur has released a statement wishing John Travolta “health and happiness” – despite pressing ahead with the lawsuit.
In a statement to RadarOnline he said: “Even though Mr. Travolta and his counsel are on opposing sides in this matter, I do wish them good health, happiness, and want them to be judged with absolute fairness as our great nation affords all citizens regardless of their wealth or station.”
A 15-year-old girl from Iowa, who was vacationing with her family on a Royal Caribbean cruise liner for Christmas, has accused two fellow passengers of raping her on the ship.
Luiz Scavone, 20, and another 15-year-old boy are accused of luring the teenager from a teen nightclub on the ship to a private room where the incident is said to have occurred.
Both suspects, Brazilian nationals, were arrested when the ship returned to Port Everglades, Florida on Tuesday.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports, the girl’s family departed Fort Lauderdale on Christmas for a ten-day cruise to St Thomas, St Maarten, St Kitts and Haiti aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas.
Luiz Scavone, 20, and another 15-year-old boy are accused of luring the girl from a teen nightclub on the ship to a private room where the incident is said to have occurred
The girl told police she met the 15-year-old boy on the last night of the cruise at an on-board teen club called Fuel, and he invited her to a party in his private room, where Luiz Scavone was waiting.
According to arrest documents, both males refused to allow her to leave and raped her.
The girl immediately reported the alleged incident to ship officials, who alerted the FBI. Both suspects were arrested once the ship returned to Port Everglades.
Luiz Scavone is accused of one count of committing a lewd and lascivious act.
Appearing in court on Wednesday, Luiz Scavone’s bond was set at $10,000. He was being held at the Broward County Main Jail on Wednesday pending an immigration hold.
According to the probable cause affidavit obtained by the Sentinel, the second defendant was charged with lewd and lascivious battery and taken to Broward’s Juvenile Assessment Center.
Cynthia Martinez, the manager of Global Corporate Communications for Royal Caribbean, said in a statement: “Royal Caribbean’s guest care team offered the female guest a variety of assistance, including medical care and counseling.”
Cynthia Martinez said Royal Caribbean “will continue to support law enforcement agencies during their investigation”.
International maritime law states that cruise ships must take every measure possible to ensure the safety of their passengers. However, since each country has its own version of laws on the high seas, they can be difficult to sort out.
There is no federal law for statutory rape on the high seas.
This isn’t the first case of an alleged underage sexual assault seen aboard a cruise liner in recent memory.
The incident comes only weeks after a Carnival Cruise Lines employee was accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl who was on holiday with her family.
And only ten days prior, 19-year-old Dylan Cole Bloodsworth, from Alabama, was sentenced to ten years in prison for raping a 13-year-old girl on-board a Carnival cruise ship in Mexico, where she was vacationing with her family.