GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – A woman died from a mast on a historic ship that is on display in a Texas museum after her safety harness somehow came loose, police said. .
The 58-year-old died Saturday after falling from a mast on the tall ship Elissa, moored at the Galveston Seaport Museum, the Galveston County Daily News reported.
“We don’t know exactly what happened that she wasn’t cut twice,” Galveston Port Police Chief Kenneth Brown said. “When she went to move from place to place, she apparently slipped and fell.”
A spokesperson for the Galveston Historical Foundation, which operates the ship and museum, confirmed the death but declined to provide further details.
Training courses are held on the Elissa every year and include courses in sail rigging, which involves climbing ships’ masts, the newspaper reported. A training class was scheduled to meet on Saturday, according to the foundation’s website.
The historic foundation brought the Elissa, which was built in 1877, from a scrapyard in Greece in 1978, according to the foundation. After restoration work, the ship opened as a floating museum and now welcomes more than 40,000 visitors each year.
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