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Solutions needed to stop sea disasters

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Solutions needed to stop sea disasters
The loss of Costa Concordia and more recently the Malaysian ferry disaster have highlighted the difficulty of launching and boarding lifeboats once a vessel has started to list or sink.

In the Costa Concordia’s case, as boats were being lowered ready to be boarded, the list (tilt) of the ship caused a gap between the lifeboats and the ship. Passengers had difficulty crossing this gap. Given that the boats are lowered from a height of about 20ft above the water, even those accustomed to height might find it intimidating.

Solutions needed to stop sea disasters WMN Letters by Mike Baker

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