Construction Crane Falls on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship in Bahamas, Injures 8
Eight people were injured when a massive crane toppled onto a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in the Bahamas, company officials said.
The 1,187-foot Oasis of the Seas was not in service and no passengers were aboard when the construction crane toppled onto the ship, which was docked at the Great Bahamas Shipyard near Freeport, company officials said in a statement to The Post.
“We are aware of damage to the dock structure and to construction cranes,” the statement said. “We are assessing damage to the ship.”
Staffers at the shipyard later informed Royal Caribbean that eight people were hurt during the accident, although none of the injuries are expected to be life-threatening, according to company officials.
The immediate cause of the crane accident is unclear, WSVN reports.
A 12-second video posted by the Bahamas Press shows a man surveying the accident’s aftermath.
“I was right there on the dock,” said the unidentified man, who said the crane missed him “by the grace of God,” according to the video.
The ship, which holds up to 6,780 guests and 2,200 crew members, is registered in the Bahamas but sails out of Port Canaveral, Florida. It wrapped up its last voyage on Sunday. The vessel was being prepped to be moved to Miami for Royal Caribbean’s fall/winter schedule, WKMG reports.
The $1.5 billion cruise ship that made its maiden voyage in December 2009 last made news in January, when at least 167 passengers on a seven-night trip were sickened with norovirus.