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Holland America Cruise Line Crew Member Dies in Lifeboat Drill

January 9, 2011 Cruise Ship Injury & Death

The Dominion Post reports a crew member from the Holland America cruise ship Volendam drown in Christchurch’s Lyttelton Harbour during a lifeboat drill on January 8, 2011.

Reports state two crew members fell into the water after a cable snapped while they were working on a lifeboat hanging on the side of the Volendam. The first crew member, wearing heavy clothing and boots disappeared under the water. The second crew member was able to cling to bucket until he was pulled from the water and taken to a nearby Hospital.