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No-one acting responsibly can simply fall from a cruise ship, says industry chief Harmer

Cruise industry leader Andy Harmer today defended the safety record of cruising, stating there has never been a recorded incident of someone acting responsibly falling over the railing of a ship accidentally.

“A cruise holiday is one of the safest forms of travel,” said Harmer, CLIA UK & Ireland director of the Cruise Lines International Association.

andy harmer“Cruise ships today are the safest that ever sailed, thanks to the rules, regulations and technological innovations that govern their design.”

He was speaking in the wake of the incident involving Kay Longstaff who survived 10 hours floating in the Adriatic sea after falling from the Norwegian Star. The Sun newspaper has claimed the British air hostess actually “jumped” from the back of the ship after a drunken row with her boyfriend.

“There are no known cases of someone acting responsibly who has accidentally fallen over the railing of a cruise ship,” added Harmer, pictured right.

“Safety regulations, including uniform minimum railing and balcony heights of one metre, plus other structural barriers are in place to prevent passengers, who are acting responsibly, from simply falling off a cruise ship.

“Cruise lines are highly regulated with robust enforcement. The average ship undergoes dozens of announced and unannounced safety inspections per year, involving hundreds of man hours and covering thousands of specific requirements set by the International Maritime Organisation.”

Norwegian Star
Mystery surrounds how Kay Longstaff fell from the back of the Norwegian Star

Posted on 21st August 2018 at 03:37 pm in CLIA | Cruise News | Cruise Lines | Norwegian Cruise Line |

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