One person has been killed and two other critically injured after a lifeboat fell from the world's biggest cruise liner, the Harmony of the Seas, which was docked in the French port of Marseille.
According to La Provence, the local newspaper, five members of the ship's navigation crew were on board when the lifeboat became detached.
The accident is understood to have taken place during a basic security drill.
It is unclear precisely what the five were doing inside the lifeboat on the fifth deck of the giant ship as high as a 20-storey building.
“One person has died and four suffered multiple injuries with two in a critical condition and two seriously hurt but stable," said a spokesman for Marseille’s marine emergency service. “The lifeboat became detached” from the boat owned by Royal Caribbean, an American company, said a police source.
Julien Ruas, of the Marseille marine services, said the life boat "fell 10 metres" with the five people inside. "All were members of the crew," he told 20 Minutes. The deceased person is a 42 year-old man of Philippine nationality.
There were no details on the other injured.
At 1,188 feet from bow to stern, Harmony of the Seas is 125 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower and one foot longer than the previous record-breaking cruise ships Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas.