The accident happened at around 10 a.m. yesterday morning whilst the ship was docked in New Orleans.
Carnival issued this statement:
“Earlier today, while a crew member from the Carnival Conquest was elevated in a cherry picker performing maintenance work on the side of the vessel, he became wedged between the cherry picker and a platform holding one of the ship’s lifeboats. The ship’s medical team responded, along with local paramedics, but, tragically, the crew member died. The ship was docked in its home port of New Orleans at the time.
“We extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to our crew member’s family and loved ones in the wake of this terrible tragedy. Everyone in the Carnival family is heartbroken.”
Carnival is providing grief counselling to any crew member who wants it.
The Coast Guard is investigating the accident.