Posted on November 28, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Second Officer on board the Singapore-flagged Containership, THALASSA PATRIS went missing during the evening hours of November the 22nd while the vessel was transiting off the coast of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The 24-year old Russian national has been identified as one Vladislav Maslov. Mr Maslov originally boarded the vessel while the ship was docked in Singapore, on November the 18th.
The vessel proceeded to depart Singapore on November the 19th and started its transit through the Indian Ocean.
Reportedly, the relatives of Mr Maslov had been trying to contact him throughout the day on November the 22nd but he could not be reached. The last time anyone on board the vessel saw him, was during the change of watch at 2200 hours.
The Second Officer was officially reported as missing on November the 23rd. At that point, the vessel proceeded to trigger its man overboard protocol and a search & rescue operation commenced.
The Thalassa Patris proceeded to double back along its route and conducted a search along the area where the Second Officer was last seen.
Unfortunately, however, the search was fruitless, and no signs of the missing seafarer could be seen.
A full two days later, during the morning of November the 24th, the Colombo MRCC ordered the vessel to halt its search & rescue operation and continue with its voyage.
The manager of the Thalassa Patris, Enesel Limited has stated that they will be conducting a full investigation into the tragic incident.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic