Crew Member Dies After Falling From An Oil Tanker In The Bay of Algeciras

Crew Member Dies After Falling From An Oil Tanker In The Bay of Algeciras. image: wikimedia

CREW Member Dies After Falling From An Oil Tanker In The Water In The Bay of Algeciras

Salvamento Marítimo has reported the death of a man this morning, Tuesday 4, who fell into the water from an oil tanker docked in the Bay of Algeciras.

The incident occurred at around 2am in the morning as the crew of the Maltese-flagged tanker “Bordeira” was changing shift outside the anchorage in Algeciras port, and one of the three going ashore fell into the sea and got tangled in the ladder in the water.

A statement from Algeciras control centre reported that they received a call from the service vessel “Picasso I”, saying that a man had fallen into the water from the oil tanker “Bordeira”, with the “Salvamar Denébola” and the auxiliary “Luz de Mar” both being mobilised to the scene.

The pilot of Getares from the port of Algeciras was also deployed and was the vessel that finally rescued the man, with one of its crew jumping into the water to release the man – who was still conscious, but with signs of hypothermia –  from the ladder, taking him to the Saladillo dock, from where he was transferred to the Punta Europa hospital in Algeciras, where he sadly died.

An investigation has been initiated by the relevant authorities into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death, while the tanker is kept in Algeciras for an inspection, as reported by

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Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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