Posted on October 08, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
One seafarer was killed, and three others were injured during an incident on board the Grimaldi-owned, Maltese-flagged RoRo, Euroferry Malta.
The incident occurred during the morning hours of October the 7th, as the vessel was transiting off the coast of Sardinia.
The vessel had left the port of Cagliari, Sardinia on Sunday evening and was bound for Porto Torres, on the other side of the island.
At approximately 10:00 am in the morning, the vessel was caught in adverse weather. It is not yet clear what exactly happened that led to the accident.
Initial reports suggest that a strong wave hit the ship, leading to the injury of four crew members. Reportedly, one trailer moved due to the wave, falling onto another trailer that proceeded to fall on the nearby seafarers.
At the time, the four crew members, all Bulgarian nationals, were busy making the rounds, inspecting the cargo on the upper deck near the bow.
As a result of the incident, three of the crew members were injured and one was killed on the spot. The dead seafarer is aged 24 years old, while the injured seafarers are aged 51,23 and 24 respectively.
The Captain proceeded to inform the authorities and request for medical staff to be present on the vessel’s arrival.
At approximately 16:00, as the vessel docked in Porto Torres, the injured seafarers were taken to a hospital in Sassari.
"The top management of the Grimaldi Group wishes to express its profound regret for what happened on the Euroferry Malta, as well as its [condolences] to the family of the deceased, to the other accident victims and their families, to whom it will provide the maximum support,” reads the statement from Grimaldi Lines.
The local Port Authorities have opened a formal investigation into the incident.
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