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Accident and injury while disembarking in bad weather


by Frank Diegel - published on 22 August 2020 1003

photo by Reshma Nilofer

Unfortunate circumstances on an obviously compliant ladder that almost became the fallof the Indian pilot Reshma Nilofer.

It was a difficult situation on the ladder while disembarking a vessel: swell and wind from different directions pushing the pilot boat up and down even after making lee. After four minutes waiting for the right moment to leave and enter the pilot boat, she decided to go at the crest when suddenly the pilot boat dipped almost a meter.

Luckily she fell from a height of just five feet. Possible injuries do always depend on how one falls on the pilot boat and how ones body hits which part of the boat (like deck or railing).

A helmet can save a life. Reshma Nilofer pilot was wearing a helmet and head injuries were avoided!

Fortunately, Reshma Nilofer fell onto the flat deck and only suffered bruises on her hip bones, ribs and elbows. There seem to have been no fractures. She is on hospital watch for further examinations.

Editors note:
She is able to communicate with the outside world again and has sent us a picture as a greeting to our pilot community. Now she needs rest to recover from the shock and injuries of the fall.

The entire team at Marine-Pilots.com sends best wishes for recovery. Get well soon, Reshma!

The message is: It can happen anywhere and to anyone in any situation. A small moment of carelessness, unfortunate circumstances or misunderstanding and it happened. Always think about the risks in your job, especially on the pilot ladder. Always be alert. Safety first! Please wear them helmets!





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Frank Diegel Germany
on 4 September 2020, 18:40 UTC

Get well soon, Reshma!
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Ricardo Caballero Vega Panama Canal Pilots Association, Panama
on 23 August 2020, 01:03 UTC

Soon recovery, and return to piloting duties.
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Alamin Samir Kenya
on 23 August 2020, 00:07 UTC

Went to the same university with her in India. She was 2 years ahead. Very hard Working lady. Get well soon Reshma!
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Ivan Tikhonov Czech Republic
on 22 August 2020, 16:13 UTC

My sincere wishes for a speedy recovery... Unfortunately, the work of a pilot includes not only navigation experience but also elements of circus gymnasts.🤷‍♀️😉🥂
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