After completing loading of coal, a bulk carrier was waiting at anchorage for cargo export documents. The C/O alloted the task of de-rusting and greasing a cargo hold booby hatch dog handles to four crew members.
During greasing, it is suspected that one dog handle fell inside the cargo hold. One AB entered the cargo hold to retrieve the dog handle without wearing a SCBA set. The other three ratings working with him were behind the open booby hatch cover at that time. No one was aware of the AB entering the cargo hold. Soon afterwards, one of the three ratings discovered the AB lying inside the cargo hold on top of the cargo. The ship staff initiated an emergency rescue but could not save the AB.
- Loss of reputation of the company