Gisborne mother of two killed in log-loading accident

Log came off shuttle truck at Eastland Port

Log came off shuttle truck at Eastland Port

SCENE OF TRAGEDY: A young mother of two was killed here yesterday by a log that came off one of the shuttle trucks that transports logs from the stacks to the ships. Eastland Port was immediately closed and remained closed for the rest of the day as a mark of respect. Police and Worksafe are investigating.

THE woman who died in a log-loading accident at Eastland Port yesterday was 29-year-old Shannon Brooke Rangihuna of Gisborne.

She leaves behind a partner and two young children.

Her family have placed notices announcing her passing in today’s Gisborne Herald, and in one she is also referred to as Shannon Rangihuna-Kemp.

Miss Rangihuna was killed when she was struck by a log that came off a shuttle truck yesterday morning.

It happened alongside the wharf during log-loading operations.

St John ambulance officers were called to the scene but there was nothing they could do. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Miss Rangihuna worked for log marshalling and stevedoring company ISO.

WorkSafe New Zealand is conducting an inquiry into the tragedy.

“We are unable to comment on the inquiry other than to say our investigation is under way,” a WorkSafe NZ spokesman said this morning.

Police have also been involved in the inquiry.

A report will go to the coroner.

Victim Support have been assisting Miss Rangihuna’s family.

The port was closed for the remainder of the day yesterday as a mark of respect.

“It was also to allow her colleagues time to reflect and grieve,” said Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum.

“This is a close-knit team in a close-knit community, and we’re shattered.

“Our thoughts are with her whanau, friends and workmates.

“We will do everything we can to support the many people who have been so deeply affected by this loss.”

The port’s log yard was to re-open at midday today after a blessing ceremony at the site of the accident.

“At this stage, we are unsure when vessel loading will recommence.”

■ A Gisborne Herald Facebook post about the accident yesterday generated more than 250 messages of condolence and support to her partner and family, mum and dad, and grandparents.

“Such a beautiful soul loved by our whanau.”

Miss Rangihuna’s tangi begins from midday tomorrow at Muriwai Marae.

THE woman who died in a log-loading accident at Eastland Port yesterday was 29-year-old Shannon Brooke Rangihuna of Gisborne.

She leaves behind a partner and two young children.

Her family have placed notices announcing her passing in today’s Gisborne Herald, and in one she is also referred to as Shannon Rangihuna-Kemp.

Miss Rangihuna was killed when she was struck by a log that came off a shuttle truck yesterday morning.

It happened alongside the wharf during log-loading operations.

St John ambulance officers were called to the scene but there was nothing they could do. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Miss Rangihuna worked for log marshalling and stevedoring company ISO.

WorkSafe New Zealand is conducting an inquiry into the tragedy.

“We are unable to comment on the inquiry other than to say our investigation is under way,” a WorkSafe NZ spokesman said this morning.

Police have also been involved in the inquiry.

A report will go to the coroner.

Victim Support have been assisting Miss Rangihuna’s family.

The port was closed for the remainder of the day yesterday as a mark of respect.

“It was also to allow her colleagues time to reflect and grieve,” said Eastland Port general manager Andrew Gaddum.

“This is a close-knit team in a close-knit community, and we’re shattered.

“Our thoughts are with her whanau, friends and workmates.

“We will do everything we can to support the many people who have been so deeply affected by this loss.”

The port’s log yard was to re-open at midday today after a blessing ceremony at the site of the accident.

“At this stage, we are unsure when vessel loading will recommence.”

■ A Gisborne Herald Facebook post about the accident yesterday generated more than 250 messages of condolence and support to her partner and family, mum and dad, and grandparents.

“Such a beautiful soul loved by our whanau.”

Miss Rangihuna’s tangi begins from midday tomorrow at Muriwai Marae.

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