By J. Brock (FINN)
One visiting Argentine War Veteran, Gustavo Antelo, has died and three of his colleagues, Norberto Di Prospero, Fabian Zaccardi and Facundo Di Prospero were injured when the vehicle in which they were riding came off the Darwin-Stanley Road and rolled over on Thursday.
The vehicle in which Mr Antelo was travelling was the second of three driving in convoy and left the road in the Long Pond area of the Stanley-Mount Pleasant road.
Initially the response from Stanley included an ambulance at approximately 1030hrs but it became apparent the victims needed to be transported to the KEMH via helicopter so a SeaKing from Mount Pleasant was scrambled at approximately 1100hrs.
It was unclear from the reports in La Nacion and Clarin whether the driver of the vehicle was an Argentine Veteran or a local person.
Barry Marsden, Director of Emergency Services, said a full forensic examination of the scene had taken place involving specialist trained police officers and members of the FIG surveyors department. Statements are now being taken from witnesses and the Royal Falkland Islands Police are conducting a fatal road traffic enquiry on behalf of HM Coroner, he added.
Once at the KEMH the casualties were treated and seen by Monsignor Michael McPartland of St Marys Catholic Church, who anointed them. At the time the injured parties were not notified of Gustavo Antelos demise. A group of twelve Argentine Veterans from the Lower House of Argentine Parliament had visited the Darwin Cemetery prior to the accident. They had been here since Saturday and were due to leave the Falklands on Saturdays LAN flight.
The body of Gustavo Antelo remains in Stanley pending a full inquest.
On behalf of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly, MLA Mike Summers expressed his condolences: We were sad to hear of the fatal incident on the MPA Road yesterday and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Antelo. Circumstances surrounding the cause of the accident will be investigated by the Royal Falkland Islands Police.
This is the second RTA involving Argentines in the Darwin to Stanley Road this year. At the end of January Ossie Ardiles came off the road, injuring himself, Ricky Villa and five others after having filmed at the Argentine Cemetery.