One dead following crew change mishap on tanker in Algeciras, Spain

Bordeira (Photo: Maat)

Spanish news outlet Europa Sur reports that one person has died after he slipped and fell while disembarking from a vessel moored in the Port of Algeciras on Tuesday, May 4.

The victim was one of three crewmen from the Malta-flagged tanker Bordeira who were cleared to disembark as part of an ongoing crew change operation.

Spain’s Salvamento Maritimo search and rescue (SAR) agency was notified at 01:55 local time on Tuesday that the victim had slipped off a boarding ladder and had fallen into the water.

A pilot boat crew arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and recovered the individual, who suffered a broken arm from the fall.

The injured crewman was rushed to the Punta Europa Hospital in Algeciras after he began exhibiting symptoms of hypothermia. This individual reportedly died shortly after he was brought into the hospital’s emergency room.

Officials said the causes of the crewman’s death have not yet been identified.

Local prosecutors have stated that the incident will be investigated with the cooperation of maritime authorities.

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