Lifeboat drill in­ci­dent causes in­juries on North­ern Ranger

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A mishap oc­curred dur­ing a manda­tory lifeboat drill aboard the North­ern Ranger dur­ing its stop in Nain Wed­nes­day re­sult­ing in one crew mem­ber be­ing air­lifted to St. John’s for med­i­cal ob­ser­va­tion, Nu­natsi­avut Marine (NMI) said in a news re­lease.

Three other crew were treated at the clinic in Nain, were re­leased and went back on board the ship.

Dur­ing the drill, the lifeboat was low­ered into the water with­out in­ci­dent, Nu­natsi­avut Marine said. The mishap oc­curred dur­ing the re­trieval, when a mech­a­nism that se­cures the lifeboat re­leased, send­ing the bow of the boat into the water. One crew mem­ber was thrown into the water, and an­other suf­fered a cut to his head. The other two crew were shaken up, but not in­jured, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

NMI, which op­er­ates the North­ern Ranger un­der con­tract to the pro­vin­cial govern­ment, said it im­me­di­ately re­ported the in­ci­dent to the Coast Guard. Af­ter dis­cus­sions with Coast Guard, the ves­sel was given clear­ance to con­tinue its jour­ney south­ward, to ports en route to Goose Bay. The North­ern Ranger op­er­ated on a load-and-go ba­sis on the trip south.

The in­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by marine au­thor­i­ties. Nu­natsi­avut Marine said it is co-op­er­at­ing fully with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. NMI said it has an ex­pe­ri­enced crew and a strong safety cul­ture and will con­duct its own re­view of the in­ci­dent, its safety pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures.

NMI also said it is of­fer­ing sup­port to the peo­ple in­volved in the in­ci­dent.


The ferry MV North­ern Ranger.

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