Warning to vessels transiting the Atlantic Coast of France through the Cape Verde Islands to Brazil :
A double-handed sailing race started from Le Havre, France on Sunday, 27 October, bound for Salvador Brazil. 59 sailboats ranging from 40-60 feet are taking part. While they are currently concentrated in a relatively small group, this group will expand dramatically in the next few days.
How many times do we see crew members take considerable risk on board? It might be the longshoreman walking along the hatch coaming, the AB walking onto a stores platform to put up handrails or in this case, to conduct a maintenance task. Whatever the particulars, the more we do these things or condone them, the easier it becomes for this deviance from safe behavior.
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published accident Investigation Report 9/19 into a fatal fall from height. A crewman from the Cypriot registered ro-ro freight vessel Seatruck Pace died as a result of 4.5 metres fall through a vehicle ramp hatch.
Ref: 1920033 WSH Alert Accident Notification dated 26 July 2019
On 5 July 2019 around 1.40pm, a worker while retrieving a mooring rope on-board a tug boat, fell overboard. The worker was rescued by the crew on-board the tug boat and was conveyed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.