If you‘ve been keeping up with the news lately you heard that a woman fell off a ship and treaded water for 10 hours. That is no typo – again TEN hours. Details on WHY are not public. This is the second person to fall off a ship of this cruise line in two months.
The reality is that it’s the person’s fault – end of discussion. There are mandated railing all around the ship. But when a person has too much to drink and/or sits on the railing to get a selfish (I mean selfie) photo they can lose balance and over they go. 10 hours of treading water must be a record.
In 2016, nine people went overboard…that’s about one in nearly three million passengers. And yes, their fault.
So, are you confident in the crew to provide direction if an emergency happens? They are skilled. The team that searched for the woman found her about 2,000 meters from where she fell off the coast of Croatia. This is a rare occurrence – but what about more minor things?
Staff, including the housekeepers, are taught maritime safety rules and regulations, emergency signals and evacuation procedures.
Back story – Modern lifeboat design.
The most important device is the life jacket. Every crew member needs to know where to locate life jackets and to help passengers in putting them. The mandatory lifeboat drill is so very important, yet many passenger talk during it.
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