Encounters At Sea
Certificate of Merit
SEAMAN FELL TO DEATH
16th Mar 06
On my last ship (a Passenger vessel) an accident led to the loss of life of a seaman.
The deck Serang had allotted a job to the seaman as per instructions given by the chief officer. The seaman was to clean the No: 5 Life Boat. It was raining that day.
The seaman climbed up the davit and while working he slipped and fell head first from the life boat. He was given first aid and hospitalized in Port Blair.
After that he was shifted to Chennai and given treatment at a major hospital there. It was found that the side of his skull had cracked with internal bleeding continuing. After 7 to 9 days he died.
It is to be noted that at the time of his fall he was not wearing a safety helmet, nor a lifeline.