It has been reported that a Bulgarian crewmember from Fincantieri’s 140m motoryacht Ocean Victory has died following an incident with the superyacht’s anchor chain.
The incident reportedly took place in the waters of Thailand’s Mu Ko Similan National Park and involved a form of entanglement with the superyacht's anchor chain, resulting in severe blood loss. However, media reports vary in details as to exactly what happened and as of yet The Crew Report has been unable to make contact with relevant authorities.
According to the Phuket Gazette, Royal Thai Navy chief petty officer Watcharin Promruang of the Third Naval Area Command, was quoted as saying,“[The crewmember] was rushed to Thaplamu Pier in Phang Nga on a small craft dispatched from the superyacht and transported overland by ambulance to Bangkok Phuket Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.”
The health and safety consultant and ex-superyacht chief officer, who highlighted the incident to The Crew Report, stated, "I find incidents of this magnitude bring into question the safety culture within the superyacht industry."
While some reports have named the crewmember in question, it is unclear as to whether this has been confirmed and whether the crewmember’s family has been informed. Out of respect to the crewmember’s family and friends The Crew Report has decided to print the name only when we can confirm the family has been informed. Our thoughts are with affected family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.
The tender arriving on land. Credit: @yachtharbour (Twitter)
Fincantieri's 140m Ocean Victory. Credit: @worldluxurynews (Twitter)