Tanker crew fell overboard while fixing pilot ladder, missing, France

55-year old Latvian seaman, crew of Latvian tanker ELANDRA BALTIC, fell overboard in the morning Apr 13 while fixing pilot ladder to take pilot on board, on arrival at Fos-sur-mer, France. SAR was launched, with deployment of helicopter, SAR speedboat, pilot boats and inflatable boat, but unfortunately, missing seaman wasn’t found notwithstanding calm weather, and in the afternoon SAR was suspended. Tanker was anchored at Fos-sur-mer anchorage at around 1000 UTC.
Product tanker ELANDRA BALTIC (ex – ZEMGALE), IMO 9482562, dwt 51406, built 2011, flag Marshall Islands, manager Latvian Shipping Co., JSC, Latvia.



Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.