Government confirms death of seaman
A sick Filipino seaman who was brought into the Port of Gibraltar off a Greek ship has died, the Gibraltar Government has confirmed.
The incident, which occurred on Sunday, was treated as if the seaman had a potentially infectious disease and sparked infection control protocols.
But No 6 Convent Place insisted the measures were precautionary and that there was "absolutely no cause" for concern.
In a statement the Government confirmed that the seaman had been aboard the Captain Vassilis, Greek ship on its way from the Ivory Coast to Romania. He died before he could be treated at St Bernard’s Hospital.
Immediately afterwards the Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Service personnel who had manned the ambulance followed mandatory decontamination drills and, as a routine safeguard, they are now under the supervision of Infection Control staff.
In line with established protocols, all relevant vehicles and equipment have been decontaminated as precautionary measures.
The Gibraltar Maritime Administration has been informed and the ship’s next port of call will be made aware of the relevant facts, as is good practice.
“The public can be reassured that the GFRS, GHA and Port Authority followed all safety protocols which are laid down for incidents such as this. HM Government stresses that these protocols are purely precautionary and that there is absolutely no cause for any concern,” No. 6 Convent Place said.
In line with its own procedures, the GPA will carry out an investigation of the incident.
“The death of the seaman is now a matter for the Coroner," No 6 Convent Place said.