On 7 October 2004 two crew members were killed and three others
seriously injured when Lowlands Grace's port lifeboat became
detached from its falls during a lifeboat drill. The ship, a Hong
Kong registered cape-sized bulk carrier, was at anchor off the port
of Port Hedland, Western Australia, at the time of the
Investigation revealed that the lifeboat's after hook had failed
where it was attached to the keel while the boat was being lowered.
The lifeboat's stern had then dropped and the boat rotated around
the remaining forward fall before the forward hook opened under the
load of the swinging boat. The lifeboat then fell upside down into
the sea approximately 16 metres below.