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What happened to cause Arcadia's lifeboat to drop into the sea in Ponta Delgado before Christmas? Looks as though the hull fabric failed somehow at the suspension points. I do have some pics sent by a passenger.
I remember a Lifeboat launching itself on the Oriana in 1976, saw it fly past the restaurant window while having lunch, we were only a few hours out of Southampton, didn't stop just picked up a replacement next day, blame was put on some sort of quick release device.
This article was dated 6th Jan 2018. Thankfully no serious injuries.
Five P&O Arcadia crew members were injured yesterday when a lifeboat fell into the sea. The cruise ship was docked at Ponta Delgada, Azores when a terrible accident occurred during a routine lifeboat drill. All five injured crew members were inside the lifeboat. One crew member with broken ribs was taken to local hospital for further treatment. He was then returned to ship. The other four crew members were lightly injured with cuts and bruises and been treated onboard.