Crewman dies in tug wire incident on ship heading for Immingham Docks
A MAN, part of the crew of a 92,000-tonne vessel, died instantly yesterday when a tug wire snapped and broke his neck en-route to Immingham Docks.
The 35-year-old Chinese national, who has not been named, was working on board the Wah Shan, a dry cargo bulk carrier, which arrived into the port at 7.30am.
An ABP spokesperson said: "We can confirm that there was an accident on board the bulk carrier Wah Shan while on passage through the Humber en-route to Port of Immingham, which sadly resulted in a fatality. The accident has been reported to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and the Health and Safety Executive who are now investigating.
"Our immediate thoughts are with friends and family of the deceased at this sad time."
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The 289-metre long vessel made its way to Immingham from the IJmuiden port, in North Holland, on Sunday, and it flies a Panama flag, which is the southernmost country of Central America. A Humberside Police spokesperson said the vessel was four or five miles offshore when they were alerted to the incident.
"Police were called by the ambulance service at 8.22am to attend the Queen's Road Boat Terminal, in Immingham, following reports of a death of a man on board a vessel," they said.
"The ambulance service were made aware by the Coastguard, who were originally contacted following the incident.
"Police attended the dock terminal where the vessel was docked, and confirmed the death of a 35-year-old male Chinese national.
"At this time, it is believed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the man's death.
"The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed and will now work jointly with Humberside Police to establish the circumstances."
A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said: "We are currently investigating the incident with Humberside Police and we cannot comment any further."