A CADET on a Safmarine vessel has tragically died off the Croatian coast, according to a statement from the Maersk-owned container line.
It appears that 19-year-old Akhona Felicity Geveza, a Transnet cadet, was lost overboard the Safmarine Kariba on June 24.
The line said: “Ms Geveza was found to be missing around noon. After a two hour search, her body was found at sea by local police near the port of Rijeka, Croatia where the vessel was due to berth. The vessel’s engine was stopped soon after the vessel had left the port of Rijeka at the location where Ms Geveza was found.”
A memorial service was held for Ms Geveza the following day, with crew gathering on the bridge wing, the ship’s horn was blown and a minute of silence was observed as the crew lowered a floral wreath into the sea in her remembrance.
The statement continued: “We have co-operated with, and are continuing to work fully with, the relevant authorities investigating the incident. These include the Croatian police, Transnet, the South African Maritime Safety Authority and the UK Maritime Accident and Investigation Branch.
“Safmarine is dispatching its Antwerp headquarters-based director of fleet management to join the Safmarine Kariba in Port Said, Egypt in order to conduct an additional, internal investigation into the matter in conjunction with the designated person ashore managing crew matters from the Maersk Line Technical Vessel Organisation.
“As Safmariners we are all very shocked about the sudden, tragic loss of Ms Geveza. This is a very difficult time for the family of the deceased, the rest of the crew and for Safmarine as a whole and as vessel owners we are committed to working with Transnet in providing support and assistance to those directly affected by this tragedy.”