European seafarers return home after fatal incident off Brazil

Chaplain Ailton with AP Dubrava survivors. Credit: Sailor’s Society

Following the death of two of their crew mates off the Brazilian Coast, three Eastern European seafarers, who were hospitalised have returned home.

The incident took place on 17 July and the loss of life was believed to have been caused by a poison gas leak that occurred while crew members were cleaning the pipeline on the MV AP Dubrava.

Croatians Gjusti Jerinic and Mirko Seman, along with Ukrainian Oleksandr Maphenko, were all supported by the charity Sailors’ Society after the incident. The organisation’s chaplain in Vitoria, Ailton De Souza, visited the men in hospital, offering them emotional support and acting as an interpreter.

De Souza said the trio were suffering with their physical health and the trauma of losing their friends. Jerinic told De Souza that he was hospitalised after collapsing at the scene.

“He said that on seeing his colleagues’ death he was in shock and started to feel a strong pain in his chest and dizziness,” the chaplain said. De Souza provided Jerinic with a SIM card so that he could speak to his family in the wake of the tragedy.

De Souza is one of the Sailors’ Society’s chaplains who are specially trained to offer emergency crisis support to seafarers following trauma at sea.

Seafarers can contact the Crisis Response Network for help at – local crisis phone numbers are available at