South Korean captain found dead on container ship

Port of Yeosu, South Korea. Credit: Johannes Barre/Wikipedia

The 61-year-old South Korean captain of a container ship has been found dead and the vessel was deviated to bring his body home.

The Korea Coast Guard (KCG) stated that on 22 July 2020, the Liberia-flagged 130,000 gt ship, whose name has been withheld, had departed Tianjin, China, on 29 June, and was on its way to Australia. On 7 July, the captain was found motionless in his room. The vessel was deviated to Yeosu, South Korea, to ship the captain’s body to his family. The ship arrived on 22 July.

As per COVID-19 regulations, the ship has been quarantined for 14 days and samples of the captain’s blood were drawn to test for the infectious and potentially fatal respiratory disease.

“When the quarantine is completed and the COVID-19 test results are released, we plan to bring the captain’s body to a hospital,” said a representative from the KCG in a press statement. The cause of death is still unknown.