Filipino crewman found dead inside Indonesian ship

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SUAL, Pangasinan: A foreign vessel is being held at the Sual port until the autopsy of its Filipino crewman is completed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila.

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Inspector Diosdado Pobre, deputy chief of police of Sual town, said the dead Filipino crewman was identified as Rogelio Rivera, 35, electrical engineer seaman of Indonesian vessel MV Ocean Spirit and a native of Novaliches, Quezon City.

The ship captain, a certain Ntaquitis Dimitrios, said Rivera was found at about 1:20 p.m. of March 9 hanging by a rope and lifeless in the bridge deck, port side aft open deck.

The incident happened when the vessel was on a sea voyage from Tanjug, Indonesia to Sual, Pangasinan to deliver its load of coal to the Sual Coal-fired Power Plant.

The incident was reported on Thursday as soon as the vessel reached the port of Sual.

The ship captain told the police the victim was seen hanging and already lifeless by a fellow Filipino crewman Sazon Marion, a ship fitter, and after which reported this to the ship’s chief engineer and the captain.

Pobre said Dimitrios informed the police that Rivera was last seen alive by another Filipino, Sherwin Mendoza, ship wiper, at about 8:30 a.m. of March 9 inside his cabin where he was allegedly discussing a password for a certain computer.

A quarantine examination on the corpse as well as the provisions on the ship was immediately conducted by Dr. Grace Grace Ramirez-Aloit, municipal health officer of Sual, and Dr. Gerald Gozon of the Bureau of Quarantine of the Bureau of Customs before the ship captain turned over the corpse to Danilo and Charlie Rivera, of Novaliches, Quezon City, both relatives of the victim.

The relatives of the victim deemed that the body of Rivera be autopsied by the NBI in Manila to find out if foul play was committed.

The case is still under investigation by the Sual Police Station. PNA

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