Here’s a tale from one of MAC’s USCG correspondents:
“We just had a ship drop its starboard lifeboat into the Houston Ship Channel during a Port State Control Exam. Luckily, no one was injured or killed. Our preliminary findings were that the Chief Mate ordered the falls/hooks greased and someone overrode the hydrostatic release while the boat was in the cradle and released the hooks to grease them and did not re-engage the falls.”
Engineers take note. You really don’t want your lifeboat to go down the toilet in the middle of a PSC inspection.