Andre Fletcher, NSRI Durban deputy station commander, said:
“At 11h23 (Saturday, 20th July) NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated to assist the Transnet National Ports Authority at a scene in the harbour where a container truck went into the water off Pier 102.
“Our NSRI Durban volunteer sea rescue duty crew launched our sea rescue craft MEGAN II and our NSRI rescue vehicle responded.
“On arrival on-scene Transnet National Ports Authority staff, the SA Police Services, Police Search and Rescue, Police Sea Borderline, Netcare 911 ambulance services and eThekwini Fire and Rescue Services were on-scene.
“It appears that after the vehicle went into the water, from unknown causes, two men, believed to be Transnet National Ports Authority staff, jumped into the water and recovered the body of the only occupant, a 25 year woman, from the cab under water and her body was recovered onto the pier where paramedics declared her deceased. The body has been handed into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.
“No further assistance was required and NSRI stood down to return to base.
“Police have opened an inquest docket.”