US agency issues violations over American Samoa port death

Pago Pago harbour. Picture: AFP / Michael Runkel / Robert Harding Premium

PAGOPAGO, 26 JUNE 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC)—A US federal agency has issued four violations and fines totalling more than US$19,000 – following the death of a man who fell from a fishing vessel docked in American Samoa’s Pago Pago harbour.

The 62-year old captain of the US flagged purse seiner, Cape Ferrat, died in October 2017.

Local police at the time investigated the death and determined no foul play was involved.

But US Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the man had fallen overboard between the vessel and the pier and drowned.

The investigation found that a stanchion on the gangway was not secure and there was no safety net provided between the vessel and the pier.

Because the case remains open, no specific details are available from the agency on the violations.

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