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Lessons Learned: Always call the coastguard when in emergency

In the latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB focused on a serious back injury caused when a RHIB tried to cross the waves of a passing vessel. The incident took place off the South coast of England, while eight passengers enjoyed a teambuilding exercise. UK MAIB highlighted that it is of a great importance to always call and inform the Coast Guard when an injury takes place on board, as they will be able to handle a critical situation.

USCG investigates allision on Calcasieu River Ship Channel

US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles is carrying out a Marine Casualty Investigation in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division to determine the cause of June 3rd vessel allision with a dredge pipeline operating on the Calcasieu River Ship Channel near Hackberry, La. The incident led to one loss of life and one injury.

Watch: Injured fisherman winched off Stornoway

Just before 8.30pm Tuesday, HM Coastguard received a VHF radio broadcast from a fishing vessel with six people onboard 70nm north east of Stornoway, reporting that one of their crewmen had sustained a hand injury. The Stornoway coastguard helicopter flew to the scene and winched the fisherman.

Fire on board LPG tanker, one dead

An explosion was reported on board the LPG tanker Syn Zania on July 1st. After the explosion a fire erupted, while one died and 15 crew members were injured and evacuated to receive medical treatment. The ship was moored at a port in Turkey.

USCG: Findings of Concern on high speed craft operations

The US Coast Guard released Findings of Concern on ‘High Speed Craft Operations Manuals,’ regarding an incident where a high speed catamaran passenger ferry allided with a rock jetty at over 30 knots, injuring 15 passengers.

Three dead after explosion onboard tanker

An explosion took place onboard a tanker’s engine room at the Port of Makhachkala, Russia, on June 11. The explosion occurred while oil products were being pumped at the port, while three people died, and three others were transferred to the hospital.

One dies after crane collapses on bulk carrier at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding

A crane collapsed at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding’s Yangzi Xinfu yard, on June 10, falling into a bulk carrier which was under construction at the time. The accident caused extensive damages to the ship, while two workers were injured, one of whom died. Yangzijiang Shipbuilding provided a comment into the incident, saying that the crane collapsed due to overweight lifting operations.

Crew sustain serious burn injuries on passenger vessel

The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a new Safety Alert to inform of an incident involving serious crew injuries onboard a passenger vessel. In this regard, BMA seeks to bring attention to crew members undertaking maintenance of any system under pressure.

BSEE to investigate recent accidents in Gulf of Mexico

US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Lars Herbst has established two panels to investigate two serious incidents that took place in the Gulf of Mexico last week. Investigation panels will issue reports with their findings regarding the causes and make suggestions on how to improve current safety measures after the investigations are completed.

10 die due to CO2 leak on Chinese cargo ship

Ten people lost their lives, while 19 others were injured, due to a carbon dioxide leak that occurred on a cargo ship at the Longyan port in Weihai, China, on May 25. The 19 injured were sent to a local hospital and are now stable. The third officer of the ship is suspected as responsible of the incident.

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