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Woman sailor dies in Gorch Fock training accident
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Woman sailor dies in Gorch Fock training accident

Published: 08 Nov 2010 15:58 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Nov 2010 15:58 GMT+01:00

A 25-year-old woman cadet has been killed after a fall from the rigging of the German navy’s famous training ship, the Gorch Fock, officials said on Monday.

The sailor from Lower Saxony fell during a stop in the Brazilian port of Salvador de Bahia, crashing from the vessel’s rigging onto the deck and dying of her injuries in a nearby hospital, the navy said.

The young woman’s family in the county of Holzminden has been notified. She had been in the German military for three and a half years and belonged to the Mürwik naval academy in Flensburg.

The accident occurred during a climbing exercise, but exact circumstances remain unclear and the investigation has not been concluded, the navy said.

The three-mast barque set sail from Kiel on August 20 with 229 sailors on board for a training mission in South America set to be the longest in the ship’s history. It is expected home in June 2011.

The death was the sixth on board the ship since it was built in 1958, a Navy spokesperson said.

The last deadly accident on the ship occurred in September 2008, when another female officer candidate, 18, fell overboard during her night watch on the North Sea.

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17:00 November 8, 2010 by William Thirteen
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16:38 November 28, 2010 by Capthook
I feel sorry for the life of a young sailor lost, for the family and all the people involved

The reasons of this accident may varies.

Based on my knowledge, what could reduce the risk on a rigging vessel sailing the seas on years 2010 is to change the old mentality regarding the life of the crew on board, adding security wires on the mast climb (double wire), on the yards an extra wire end to end hooked to the safety belt of the sailor, safety anti fall clips hooked wile climb the ladder, not to force the crew up against their will or when conditions are considered too dangerous for the riggings activity ( excluded for emergency or salvages of the ship ), unfortunately what attract the crew is the battles against the own fears , and the challange to win this the competions and more is the reasons why risk are not take in good considerations , the responsible captain and the management should understand that safety override any others interest and the crew (usually below 30 years old ) do not understand that

My condolence to the family

Capt. Arrigo Garipoli
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