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Filipino crew member dies after fall from ship in Scotland

Filipino crew member dies after fall from ship in Scotland
Patrick Garcia Aug 25, 2023

A Filipino seaman died after falling from the cruise ship he was working on while docked at the Port of Cromarty Firth in Scotland on Friday, Aug. 25.

Scotland police identified the casualty as Wenceslao Esguerra Donasco.

Initial investigation showed Donasco died after securing the gangway of the ship from deck 2 and hit the pier side.

He was then brought to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by air ambulance in Invergordon where he was declared dead a few hours after the incident due to the injuries he sustained.

The crew of Viking Mars, the ship where Donasco worked as a seaman/firefighter, organized a special commemoration for him. The ship's staff and crew expressed their farewell and paid tribute to him.

"With heavy hearts, we verify the unfortunate passing of a crew member as a result of an incident in Scotland on 18 August. We extend our sincerest sympathies to the family of the crew member and are actively providing them with the necessary support during this exceedingly difficult time. The safety and well-being of our crew and guests remain our utmost priority. We are collaborating closely with local authorities to ascertain the circumstances surrounding this incident," Viking said in a statement.

"In these times of deep sorrow, our hearts extend our sincerest condolences and sympathy to the family of the Viking Mars departed crew member, as well as to the entire Viking crew community," it added.