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ABP workers’ crowdfunding appeal for family of Albanian seaman Alfred Ismaili, whi died in accident at King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 12:03 31 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:31 03 June 2018

Mr Ismaili at home in Albania with his three children. Picture courtesy of the Ismaili family.

Mr Ismaili at home in Albania with his three children. Picture courtesy of the Ismaili family.

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Dock workers have set up an online crowd funding page to raise money for the family of a crewman who died in an accident on a cargo ship.

The SMN Explorer cargo ship at the Alexandra Dock in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian BurtThe SMN Explorer cargo ship at the Alexandra Dock in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Albanian seaman Alfred Ismaili, 36, was pronounced dead on board the SMN Explorer, at King’s Lynn’s Alexandra Dock, on February 1.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is investigating the incident and an inquest has been opened.

Mr Ismaili’s contract of employment stated his wife and dependants would be entitled to compensation in the event of his death.

But his employer Sky Mare Navigation, which is based in Athens, says it is awaiting the outcome of the official investigation.

Associated British Ports (ABP) employees at King’s Lynn started a crowd funding page before a group ran the Grand East Anglian Run in King’s Lynn on May 6.

They set themselves a target of £1,500. But donations have already passed the £1,700 mark.

A friend of Mr Ismaili’s family in Albania said: “God bless all of them, for what they are trying to help the family of Alfred. It is priceless. I’m really touched about this gesture.”

The workers’ justgiving page says: “Following reports of the struggles faced by Alfred’s wife and three young children in Albania, ABP’s team at King’s Lynn felt compelled to raise any extra funds for the family that they could.

“This year our team of ABP runners taking part in the GEAR 10k includes Carlton Mason, Simon Stafford Allen, John Jarvis, Ashley Goodey, Sam Jarvis, Ben Hunt, Thomas Brannigan and Dan Whysall.

“They would be grateful if you could help them achieve their fund raising target.”

It adds the page will be open for a few more days, and ABP is set to boost the total by a further £2,000.

Mr Ismaili’s wife and family say that they are struggling to make ends meet.

Mr Ismaili’s contract with the six-man crew of the Explorer was due to finish shortly after the accident.

He left a wife and three young children at his home in the port city of Durres, in Albania.

In a statement via their lawyer after his death, his family said: “Why so much suffering? It’s not right, and not fair. He was not a criminal, just a simple seafarer, taking care of his family.”


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