(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Cyprus Marine Accident and Incident Investigation Committee, has issued an investigation report on the fatality onboard the Cyprus Flag vessel M/V EVNIA.
On 04 June 2018 the Bulk Carrier “EVNIA” was berthed in Chittagong Port - Karnaphuli River at Jetty No. 7 by starboard side alongside. At about 19:50 LT, the Master with the Chief Officer and the Second Officer, went for checking the aft port side draft of the vessel (sea side).
The Master descended the rope ladder. He did not wear PPE (safety harness with safety line, lifejacket, helmet, safety shoes) although he was advised by the Chief Officer.
After he checked the draft, while ascending, at about 1m from the poop-deck level, slipped and fell in the river. He was seen to surface after 10 to 15 seconds.
The Second Officer threw a life buoy to him. He could not reach the life buoy as it was moving faster than him due to strong river current.
The Master drifted by the current towards the Bunker Barge which was fasted alongside ship at port side in way of cargo holds No.3 and No.4.
His body went underneath the Bunker Barge. At about 20:10 LT, rescue boat arrived on site, for search and rescue.
Search and rescue operation continued until 05 June 2018. The body of the late Master was found and recovered on 06 June 2018 near Dock No.13 at Chittagong NCT Terminal.
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Source: Cyprus MAIC
Wonder why should the Master descend to check the draft.