Two men were killed in the Port of Longview in Washington last week after being struck by a snapped mooring line.
Bryon Jacobs, 34, a longshoreman, died at the scene when the Panama-flagged bulk carrier M/V ANSAC Splendor moved along the dock between loading hatches early on June 28, according to a statement by the Port of Longview.
Pingshan Li, 41, Chief Mate aboard the carrier, was also struck. He was taken to Southwest Washington Medical Centre and later died of his injuries. Another longshoreman and a security guard received non-life-threatening injuries.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased and injured,” said Captain Thomas Griffitts, commanding officer Marine Safety Unit Portland.
“The goal of our investigation is to find out what happened so we can prevent similar tragedies at this port and the other ports along the Columbia River.”
The MV ANSAC Splendor will remain docked at the port while the Coast Guard and Washington State Labour investigate.