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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 accident.

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.

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General details
Date: 07 October 2004 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:off Port Hedland  
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 09 February 2006 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Vessel details
Vessel: Lowlands Grace 
Flag: HK 
IMO: 8911499 
Type of Operation: Bulk Carrier 
Damage to Vessel: Nil 
Destination:Port Hedland, WA
 
Injuries
 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Fatal: 2002
Serious: 3003
Total:5005
 
 
 
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Last update 19 May 2016