Guyanese sailor crushed to death at TCL port

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A 44-year-old sailor of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara was crushed to death while loading a vessel at the Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) port in Claxton Bay.

According to the Trinidad Guardian news, Doodnauth Nateram died at the San Fernando General Hospital around 3.40 am on Sunday, from internal injuries.

Nateram, who was employed with the ANS Shipping Company, had come aboard the general cargo vessel, Hein, for a shipment of cement.

Trinidad police reported that around 2.40 am, excavator operator Ravi Mahadeo Persad, 46, of Plantain Walk, West Bank Demerara, Guyana, was loading cement while Nateram stood along a railing aboard the vessel.

While Persad was turning the excavator, however, Nateram was accidentally pinned to the railing.

Officers of the St Margaret’s Police Station responded to the incident and went to the port along the Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay. Nateram was taken to the hospital by a TCL ambulance, where despite efforts to resuscitate him he died.

His body was taken to the hospital mortuary where an autopsy is expected to be done on Tuesday.

An investigation has been launched into the accident by the police and TCL.

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