Tragic death of 21-year old Ukrainian sailor
Ukrainian industry news outlet Seafarer News reported tragic death of a 21-year old Ukrainian seaman on board of Greek bulk carrier MELPOMENI, on Aug 18. According to the story, young seaman was working all day through under scorching sun, moving heavy weights like tools and supplies. He felt sick, and informed Captain and CO, asking them to allow him to move from direct sunlight into shadows, but his plea was ignored. Next day he had to work with weights again, until finally, collapsed unconscious. He died, from heart attack or from stroke. Relatives blame ship’s officers for this tragic death, accusing them of negligence and lack of first-aid skills. MELPOMENI is presently docked at Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia. On Aug 17 she was anchored off Fujairah, left anchorage same day and sailed to Persian Gulf.
Understood young man was a cadet, probably undergoing his sea practice as a deck hand.
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