One seafarer died and two were injured on Friday, 21 November in an incident involving what appears to have been a fast rescue craft. It is the fourth lifeboat/FRC fatality in the past two months.
Details of the incident remain sketchy. German-language newspaper Spiegel says that the boat fell 11 metres, 30 feet, into the water from the chemical tanker MTM Westport resulting in the death of a 57 year old seafarer and injuries to two others who were thrown out of the boat on impact. The Hong-Kong-flagged vessel with officers and crew from Myanmar, Ukraine and Russia, was at anchor in the North Sea off the Elbe estuary.
In May 2014 MTM Westport was detained in Argentine due to nine deficiencies, none involving lifeboat or FRC equipment.