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.
Always wear lifejackets when transferring from one vessel to another.
Crew should not use the pilot ladder to transfer.