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Man Falls to Death on Maersk Ship at Port of Los Angeles

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Man Falls to Death on Maersk Ship at Port of Los Angeles

Mike Schuler
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January 26, 2023

A man has died after falling some 50 feet onto the deck of a Maersk ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that the adult male fell from the ship’s superstructure to the deck approximately 50 below.

The incident was reported just before 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Aerial news footage show firefighters and other first responders responding to a Maersk containership docked at the port. Maersk today is confirming that the accident took place on the Maersk Eindenhoven.

“Firefighters/Paramedics initiated resuscitative measures, but sadly, the man was beyond medical help. Crews determined him to be dead on scene,” the LAFD said in a statement.

The details surrounding the accident are under investigation.

A spokesperson for Maersk said the victim was a third party contractor who had signed on to assist the ship’s crew with repair work during the upcoming voyage.

“Maersk North America can confirm a crewmember – who was a third party contractor repairman onboard the Maersk Eindhoven container ship fell into a cargo hold at approximately 4:45 pm PST on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 while the ship was docked at Pier 400 Los Angeles. Emergency responders were notified and attempts to resuscitate the victim were unsuccessful. We are fully cooperating with the investigation,” the spokesperson said in a statement provided to gCaptain.

The incident has been handed over to the Los Angeles Port Police for an investigation. The Coast Guard has also been notified.

AIS data from shows the M/V Maersk Eindenhoven docked at APM Terminals’ Pier 400 all day on Wednesday.

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