A seaman was killed and two other seamen were seriously injured
when the lifeboat they were in fell 20 metres to the water after
the wire falls parted. The limit switches did not operate and the
falls parted when the davits came up to their stops with the winch
motor running. Another fatality was only prevented by a
crewmember's safety helmet. This was one of three similar accidents
where lives were put at risk.