Captain’s wife, captain drown after jumping from Korean ship

2010-05-03 00:00

A HUSBAND and wife died after reportedly jumping overboard from a ship anchored six nautical miles off Durban early yesterday morning.

National police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo said preliminary investigations indicate the couple were South Korean.

The man was the captain of a carrier that transported motor vehicles and the woman was his wife.

“Reports allege that in the early hours of the morning, the woman jumped overboard and her husband sounded the alarm to alert the crew. When he could not see his wife in the water, he jumped in after her. No foul play is suspected.”

The SA Police Force has opened an inquest docket and investigations are continuing. It is suspected that the pair both drowned.

National Sea Rescue Institute Durban station commander Andrew Stevens said that at about 2.30 am yesterday, two NSRI Durban rescue craft and the Trans­net National Ports Authority rescue helicopter with NSRI rescue swimmers on board were sent to the area where the ship was anchored.

At first light, the helicopter crew found two bodies floating about two nautical miles from the ship. Both were recovered by the NSRI rescue craft, brought ashore and handed to the forensic pathology services.

The ship’s agent, the owners of the ship and foreign consulates are notifying the deceased’s families and dealing with the repatriation of their bodies. The names of the vessel and the deceased have not been released.

Diamond Shipping Services is reportedly the shipping agency representing the owners of the car carrier.

The group’s South African head office is in Durban and its international headquarters are in Dubai.

The Witness was unable to contact the company by the time of going to press.

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