Posted on October 04, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A seafarer died during the morning hours of October the 2nd while working onboard the Dutch Cargo Ship, DAMSTERDIJK.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:00 am in the morning, while the vessel was engaged in mooring operations at the UK port of Ipswich.
According to initial reports the crew member, who was in his 50, suffered serious injuries to his legs; unfortunately, the nature of the accident is not known at this time.
The Master proceeded to contact the local authorities, who then dispatched an East of England Air Ambulance from Cambridge to attend to the seafarer.
The seafarer was then transferred to Ipswich Hospital where, unfortunately, he proceeded to succumb to his injuries.
The Associated British Ports (ABP), which is responsible for the port of Ipswich confirmed the seafarer’s death.
"We are saddened to learn of the loss of the crew member, following an incident onboard a vessel that was visiting the Port of Ipswich.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the individual at this terrible time. We are working to support the authorities as they investigate the incident,” said a spokesperson for ABP in a statement to the press.
The Dutch Safety Board, Onderzoeksraad will be conducting a full investigation in order to determine the cause of the accident and the reason behind the seafarer’s untimely demise.
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