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Another Pinoy Sailor Found Dead on a Cruise Ship says US Coast Guard

A cruise ship crew member found dead last week as self-inflicted harm. The US Coast Guard reported on Wednesday. They also confirmed that this was the latest suicides among such workers that trapped at sea because of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the report of the Coast Guard, the Pinoy worker was a 32-year-old and working in the ship called Scarlet Lady, the only cruise ship owned by Virgin Voyages and died of “apparent self-harm.”

Scalet Lady cruise ship. Agence France-Presse
Scarlet Lady cruise ship. Photo from Agence France-Presse
photo credits GMA News

British billionaire Richard Branson, the founder of the Florida-based company expresses its condolences over the death of its employee, however, he doesn’t give details of what happened.

Based on some reports, the ship was to have made its maiden voyage in March but it was cancelled because of the pandemic. That is why the vessel has been in limbo off the coast of Florida ever since, with its crew trapped on board.

A specialized blog called Cruise Law News, which first reported the latest death quoting anonymous sources on the ship. They said it was not clear exactly when the Filipino man died. 

The man worked as a cleaner in the ship’s living quarters for guests.

Based on the report and blog of Miami Herald, the ship docked in Miami on Friday for the body to be taken away.

Furthermore, this month of May, there are at least six cruise ship crew members around the world who died on the cruise ship, not because of coronavirus, but apparently because of suicide.

Cruise ship lines face an intimidating logistical challenge to the tens thousand crew members repatriates who have not set foot on dry land in more than two months and have been living at sea in limbo. Many have no word on when they might return home.

These repatriations depend to a large extent on the health and safety measures in place at a given port and on travel restrictions imposed by destination countries, some of which did not even let their own citizens return because of the global health crisis.

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