Posted on June 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
German-flagged NATO Tanker, RHON had to abort its participation in NATO’s BALTOPS exercise after four seafarers got injured during an accident onboard the vessel.
The incident occurred at approximately 3:30 pm in the afternoon of June the 17th while the vessel had been docked at the Port of Scheer, at Kiel’s Naval Base, Germany.
A rescue boat from the vessel fell in the water, injuring several crew members, and plunging several others into the water.
The crew aboard the Rhon were attempting to suspend the rescue boat when two of the davits supporting the boat malfunctioned, causing the dinghy to come crashing into the sea.
As a result of the incident, the ship suffered significant damage to its starboard side cranes.
Furthermore, four crew members working on the Rhon were seriously injured in the process, as they were inside the rescue boat when it fell from the boat deck.
Following the incident, the fire brigade was called to the vessel, in order to rescue the distressed seafarers.
The rescued crew members experienced multiple injuries such as fractures, head injuries etc. One seafarer in particular is in critical condition and remains in intensive care with what doctors describe as “life-threatening injuries”.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic