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.
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!