The drowning death of a London man last year was due to his unsafe behavior and intoxication.
That’s the conclusion reached by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
Keith White fell overboard from a cruise ship in Toronto, Northern Spirit, on the evening of June 13 2015.
The board’s investigation determined two security guards tried to prevent the 34 year old from falling from the upper deck railing, but he went overboard.
His body was recovered 18 days later.
From the report:
The investigation found that the passenger was intoxicated, and that he had been drinking before boarding and while on board the vessel. Security guards and crew members had not detected this during pre-boarding screening or on board the vessel, and the passenger had not been denied alcoholic beverage service. The passenger’s high blood alcohol concentration affected motor skills and increased the risk of hypothermia, which decreases the chance of survival in the water.
Because the signal to initiate the man-overboard procedure was not sounded, the crew’s response to the emergency was not coordinated and did not align with the company emergency procedures. In addition, there were delays in launching the vessel’s emergency boat owing to its position on the vessel’s stern. The investigation also found that if emergency procedures in the safety management system or muster list lack key details and do not fully account for all contingencies, there is a risk that opportunities to recover a person who has fallen overboard may be missed.
The board also determined the crew had not previously performed any man-overboard drills.
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