Marine safety investigations & reports

Fatality aboard Golden Bell Dampier WA 16 May 2005

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Just after 0920 (ship's time) on 16 May 2005, the engineer cadet on the bulk carrier Golden Bell fell through an open section of deck grating while working in the ship's engine room. He landed on the bottom deck plates, approximately seven metres below, suffering severe head and internal injuries. The ship was at anchor off the Western Australian port of Dampier.

The cadet died as a result of his head injuries a short time after being evacuated by helicopter to the Nickol Bay Hospital in Karratha, about 20 km from Dampier.

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General details
Date: 15 May 2005   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0920 UTC+8    
Location: Dampier    
State: Western Australia    
Release date: 10 November 2005   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Vessel details

Vessel details
Vessel Golden Bell  
Flag KOREA  
IMO 8813661  
Type of operation Bulk Carrier  
Damage to vessel Nil  
Departure point At anchor  
Departure time At anchor  
Destination At anchor  
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 19 May 2016