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Oct 20, 2013 10:04 PM by katc

Man working outside cruise ship in New Orleans dies in accident

Authorities are investigating an accident that killed a man working on the exterior of a cruise ship docked at its home port in New Orleans.

A port spokesman says the Sunday morning accident happened as a crew member from the Carnival Conquest was performing maintenance outside the ship. The crew member was in a lift device, referred to as a man-lift or cherry picker.

Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement that the man was fatally injured when he became wedged between the cherry picker and a platform holding one of the ship's lifeboats.

His identity has not been released.

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