Aug 022010
 

image Germany’s Bundesstelle für Seeunfalluntersuchung, Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation, has released its report of a man overboard in the roads of Kaohsiung,Taiwan in July 2009. The report is in German. Again, the seafarer was not wearing a lifejacket while climbing the pilot ladder from a tender to board the ship.

The casualty, an overweight ship mechanic, fell while climbing the ladder from a boarding platform on a tender. He was unable to reach a lifebuoy throw to him. Suddenly he stopped swimming.

It appears that the fall into the water may have caused cold shock triggering cardiac attack or circulatory failure.

Lessons:

Always wear lifejackets when transferring from one vessel to another.

Crew should not use the pilot ladder to transfer.

BSU Report

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