One dead after being thrown overboard from fishing vessel off Walvis Bay, Namibia

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Namibian police officials have reported the death of one individual who was thrown overboard from a fishing vessel off the city of Walvis Bay on the country’s western coast on Tuesday, September 8.

The crew of the 39-metre commercial fishing vessel Laxe Dos were busy deploying nets when one of the vessel’s doors reportedly swung open and struck 49-year-old crewman Daniel Haufiku, causing him to fall into the water at around 07:50 local time on Tuesday.

The other crewmen threw a life ring to their drifting companion, who managed to grab onto it. However, Mr Haufiku lost his grip soon afterwards and was swept away by the strong current.

The effort to recover the crewman from the water lasted about an hour due to rough sea conditions. Tragically, he was pronounced dead shortly after he was brought aboard the vessel.

The vessel returned to Walvis Bay Port later that evening transporting the body of the deceased fisherman.

The victim’s next of kin have been notified of the accident as local police have begun conducting a postmortem examination to identify the cause of death.

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