Man dies in freak accident at Walvis Bay port

Niël Terblanché

The Namibian Police in Walvis Bay has registered a case of culpable homicide after the tragic death of 42-year-old Enos Tangeni Antindi on a container ship that was moored at berth 10 in the port.

According to the incident report provided by NamPol’s Public Relations Division, the tragedy occurred at about 12:55 on Friday when a container that was being loaded onto the Maria Da Paz cargo vessel slipped from its locks and hit Antidi in the chest.

“Antindi along with one of his colleagues were directing a crane operator on the correct placement of the container that was loaded with bags of cement on top of stacks of other containers already loaded onto the ship when it slipped and swung sideways. The container hit him in the chest area and he was unconscious when he fell to his death on the deck of the boat,” the report said.

Although a case of culpable homicide has been registered with the port police in Walvis Bay, the crane operator has not been arrested.

The report states that Antindi’s immediate family have been informed about his untimely demise and that a post-mortem examination will be performed to determine the exact cause of his death.

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