Last week, four crew members of Korean ship MV Bright Star died onboard due to stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. This happened when the vessel was near the coast of South India. The vessel had total 20 member crew and the remaining crew also became sick. Indian Coast Guard immediately assisted the ship’s crew. Preliminary investigations suggest a case of extreme food poisoning.
The sequence of events are:
- The vessel carrying animal fodder sailed out from Kandla port in Gujarat on February 09. The vessel was bound for Singapore.
- The crew after consuming tinned meat and fish on the night of February 10 developed stomach ache, diarrhea and vomiting.
- Due to extreme food poisoning, four crew members one after the other died onboard on February 11. The dead crew are:
- As the remaining crew also started falling sick, the vessel contacted Korean Coast Guard for help.
- Korean Coast Guard further contacted Indian Coast Guard for necessary assistance.
- On February 13 morning, Offshore Patrol Vessel “Vikram” and Inshore Patrol Vessel “Ahalya Bai” of Coast Guard with a medical team approached MV Bright Star to assist and found the vessel afloat near Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin).
- The Coast Guard found four sailors dead on board the ship and all the remaining were severely ill. The condition of the Captain, Kim Kio, 40, of Korea and another crew member, Minsin Chai, 28, was very critical.
- All the crew members were then taken to Nagercoil for treatment.
- Arrangements are being made to hand over the dead crew to clearing and forwarding agents of Kochi.
The vessel is operated by Bright Shipping Co., Ltd.
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