Man Injured After Illegally Boarding Cargo Ship


On September 3, a man who illegally boarded a cargo vessel was injured after sustaining a fall.

What happened?

A man who illegally tried to board a cargo vessel ‘UAL Lobito’ sustained injuries due to a fall from the vessel.

The Transet National Ports Authority alerted the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) after the incident.

Unauthorized access

The NSRI reported, “Two males were reportedly found to be unauthorised persons aboard the ship that had departed Table Bay Port earlier and one of the men had reportedly been injured from a fall onboard the ship. The ship had put to anchor and raised the alarm. NSRI Table Bay launched the sea rescue craft Spirit of Vodacom accompanied by WC Government Health EMS rescue paramedics and rendezvoused with the ship at her anchorage in Table Bay and the SA Police Services were alerted”.

The injured man has suffered a fractured ankle while the other one was in a good condition and is being taken care by the crew members. Both of the men were identified as Tanzanian nationals.

Man rescued

Two NSRI swimmers boarded the cargo ship along with two emergency services rescue paramedics, and rescued the man from a barely accessible area of the ship. He was found to be resting between containers and all attempts by the crew of the ship to reach him had reportedly failed. The man was rescued with the help of high-angle ropes and other specialized equipment.

NSRI said, “Both were transferred onto our sea rescue craft and brought into the Port of Table Bay and the injured patient has been transported to hospital by EMS ambulance in a stable condition and the teenager has been taken into the care of the Sea Borderline Police and an investigation into the incident and the circumstances have been opened by Police”.

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Source: CapeTown ETC


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