PortandTerminal.com, July 8, 2019
Captain commits suicide. Ro-Ro cargo ferry aground, breached, passengers and crew evacuated
SANTIAGO – The Chile-flagged RoRo Cargo Ship, COYHAIQUE had to evacuate its passengers after running aground during the early morning hours of July the 3rd.
According to the Prosecutor at Puerto Aysen, who launched the initial investigation into the incident, the Captain committed suicide.
Following the Captain’s death, the vessel proceeded to run aground in the shallows, breaching its hull in the process. The vessel is currently listing heavily and taking on water.
The vessel ran aground near the Islote Oscuro, with 224 cattle in trucks aboard. The cattle are being fed, but 17 of them have already died, according to local reports.
Divers are currently sealing leaks in the hull and a number of naval assets are deployed as part of efforts to ensure the buoyancy of the 1983-built ship.
Suicide at sea
In a similar incident in May, 2017, a captain of a container ship committed suicide during a voyage from New York, United States to Tilbury, the UK,
The 2,824 TEU Santa Bettina was one week into its voyage when the captain apparently took his own life on board, leaving its crew members distraught and traumatised.
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