MSC Cruises honours gangway collapse heroes

MSC Cruises honours gangway collapse heroes

The crew members who rushed to the aid of a passenger who was injured when the gangway of the MSC Fantasia collapsed have been honoured for their bravery.

MSC held a ceremony for the four crew members on April 2. The event took place on board MSC Fantasia at the port of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, where the gangway collapse happened.

MSC Fantasia was moored at the port on March 6 when strong winds caused three mooring bitts to become detached. The ship moved away from the dock, causing a disembarking guest to fall into the water.

The four crew members dived in to help the man, who was taken to shore and taken to a local hospital. He was subsequently transferred to his home town of Milan, Italy, where he was discharged from hospital on March 22.

The four crew members who were commended for their bravery are:

  • Mr Salvatore Caso - Chief Crew Steward, from Italy, aged 52
  • Mr Lalopua Faamoe - Able Sailor, from Samoa, aged 29
  • Mr Naim Samsuddin - Able Fireman, from Indonesia, aged 37
  • Mr Andrian Williams - Housekeeping Cleaner, from Madagascar, aged 37

MSC Cruises chief executive Pierfrancesco Vago said: "I would once again like to offer my heartfelt thanks to these four courageous members of MSC Fantasia's crew.

"By diving into the sea without hesitation to help our guest, not only did they show great bravery, they also demonstrated the selfless team spirit that makes MSC Cruises such a special organisation.

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