Fall down stairs on passenger cruise ship Edinburgh Castle with loss of 1 life

Location: Alongside Southampton Docks, England.

Accident Investigation Report: Edinburgh Castle

Investigation report into marine accident including what happened and safety lessons:

edinburgh castle loss of life.pdf (670.27 kb)


On 3 May 1999 a crew member fell down stairs leading on cruise liner Edinburgh Castle. The ship was berthed alongside in Southampton, England at the time. Loose fitting footwear and alcohol consumption in combination with clear plastic protective sheets over the stair were likely factors.

Published: July 1999

Published 23 January 2015