Pilot’s foot crushed, but he managed to climb up VIDEO
Pilot was boarding cargo ship on approaches to Hualien port, eastern coast of Taiwan, in a fresh weather. He already was on ladder, but still too low, when a wave pushed pilot boat into ship, pilot’s right leg was caught between boat and ship’s hull, crushing the feet. Luckily, pilot wasn’t knocked out by hit and by pain, and managed to climb up the ladder, jumping on steps with left leg. Footage is quite recent, ship’s details remained unknown, but in this case, it’s irrelevant. Video illustrates dangers of boarding the ship even when all necessary measures are taken. Sea is sea and weather is weather, and there are many things and risks man can’t foresee, and guarantee absolute safety.
My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.