Posted on April 30, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two people died onboard the Russian-flagged Antarctic supply vessel, VASILIY GOLOVNIN on April the 25th.
The Vasiliy Golovnin had been on its way to Cape Town, South Africa after an Antarctic supply voyage. The vessel had been delivering supplies and replacement research teams to the Indian Antarctic Scientific bases, Bharati and Maitri.
Reportedly, the two seafarers, both Russian nationals aged 31 and 47 respectively, died of poisoning. Initial reports suggest that the most probable culprit is methanol alcohol.
According to the ship’s doctor, the two sailors came to him complaining over their poor health. He provided them with medical assistance, but by then, it was too late to save them.
A statement by a trade union representative suggests that the cause of death of the two seafarers is officially currently labelled as unknown.
It will take at least two weeks for the bodies of the two seafarers to return to Russia, where they will undergo an official medical examination so as to officially determine the cause of their death.
in light of this event, a special commission has been formed to investigate the deaths of the two Russian nationals.
Their bodies will be transported back to Russia as soon as the vessel arrives in Cape Town.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic