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ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISION ON THE STANLEY-MOUNT PLEASANT ROAD

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) regrets to confirm a single vehicle road traffic collision which occurred yesterday, March 13th 2014, tragically resulting in the fatality of one passenger.

Gustavo Carlos Antelo was an Argentine veteran of the 1982 Falklands War who had been visiting the Islands with fellow veterans for one week. Mr Antelo’s family have been notified.

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. Both military and civilian emergency services attended the scene. Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopters transferred the injured parties to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Stanley, where their injuries were assessed and treated. Sadly, Mr Antelo was declared dead at the scene. Her Majesty’s Coroner was informed and attended the scene with the Director of Emergency Services (DES) and subsequently Mr Antelo’s body was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

DES Barry Marsden 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.

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.”

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