Work resumes on Queen Mary II

18th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

SAINT-NAZAIRE, France, Nov 18 (AFP) - Work resumed Tuesday at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in western France where on Saturday 15 people were killed in an accident on the newly-built passenger liner the Queen Mary 2.

SAINT-NAZAIRE, France, Nov 18 (AFP) - Work resumed Tuesday at the Saint-Nazaire shipyard in western France where on Saturday 15 people were killed in an accident on the newly-built passenger liner the Queen Mary 2.

Staff at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique yard observed a day of mourning Monday for the victims of the disaster, who died when a gangway onto the ship collapsed, plunging them onto the concrete floor of the dry-dock.

"Today we bid adieu to our friends and colleagues who died," union delegate Christian Duval told an assembly of around 7,000 workers as the work-day began Tuesday.

Some of those who died were family members of shipyard employees, who were being given a tour ahead of the Queen Mary 2's final departure from Saint-Nazaire next month.

The prosecutor looking into the disaster said it appeared to have had "several technical causes," and that the gangway which collapsed was a replacement installed the day before because the one initially in place was too narrow.

The funerals of three of the victims took place Tuesday. The dead were all from the Saint-Nazaire region, and included seven employees of a cleaning company.

Isabelle Jumel, 22, who broke her leg in the accident, said she would file for damages.


© AFP

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