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Edward Hayman

Died 6th September 2013.

Taken from the Namib Times:

A supervisor working on repairs to a vessel in the harbour of Walvis Bay died tragically on Friday, when the vessel he was working on capsized and sank.

Mr Edward Hayman (42) had been employed as a Regional Manager at Walvis Bay Subtech Namibia Diving and Marine for the past three years. His sudden death has raised a number of pertinent questions regarding health and safety within the marine engineering profession.

Various versions have been reported regarding the events that led to the death of Mr Hayman, who perished tragically on 6 September 2013, while working on a floating dock alongside two other employees, but the details still remain sketchy.

During the course of operations, the vessel upon which Subtech employees were working capsized and sank. Two Subtech employees were injured, while Mr Hayman, who was supervising the operation on the vessel, the Bismarck, died as a result of the freak accident.

According to a statement from Durban issued by the CEO of Subtech, Mr Craig Heslop: “The Subtech Group is contracted by a third party, Elgin Brown & Hamer Namibia, to complete the anchoring block placement for a new floating dock in Walvis Bay. Hayman was an experienced dive supervisor. He had been employed by Subtech for more than six years. In the last three years he was working as Regional Man-ager, responsible for the Western Cape and Namibia regional operations of the company.’’

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to Hayman's family and friends. Subtech is relieved that the two other injured employees are expected to make a full recovery. In the interim, Subtech is in the process of conducting an investigation in order to determine the possible cause of the accident. Subtech will remain committed to co-operating with all of the local authorities during the external investigation process,” Heslop said.

The deceased was working on the boat with vessel. They apparently threw a weighty object into the water, causing the vessel to capsize. Hayman apparently fell into the water and the contents of the ship then landed in the water and pushed Hayman down, meaning he was trapped underwater.

Eyewitness reports noted that it was not immediately clear to his co-workers that Hayman was missing and only once the medics arrived, did they notice that he was not on board.

The Namib Times also directed questions to Nampol. Inspector Iikuyu said that he is not able to comment on this story and referred all questions to Deputy Commissioner Kashuupulwa, who could unfortunately not respond by the time of going to press.

Eye-witnesses reported that Hayman was trapped under the water for at least 12 minutes and that he was wearing protective diving gear at the time, which suggests that his air supply was cut off. Hayman was still alive when retrieved from the water, but died shortly after arriving at the Welwit-schia Hospital.

Mr Hayman was a well-respected figure in the marine industry. He is survived by his wife, Samantha and daughters, Morgan and Tori.

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