Marine safety investigations & reports

Lifeboat accident and fatalities - Lowlands Grace

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Status: Completed
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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    
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 details
Vessel Lowlands Grace  
Flag HK  
IMO 8911499  
Type of operation Bulk Carrier  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Destination Port Hedland, WA  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 2 0 0 2
Serious: 3 0 0 3
Total: 5 0 0 5
Last update 19 May 2016