Cargo ship captain died after fall at sea
THE captain of a cargo ship has died after falling down a hold while at sea.
The master of the MV Krempetor died in international waters on Sunday night.
It is understood that the crew of his ship contacted the owners and then diverted to Plymouth.
The name of the dead man has not been released. He is understood to be Polish and in his 50s.
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Capt Tim Charlesworth, the Cattewater harbour master, said: "The master suddenly passed away while on passage so the crew sought a port of refuge while they dealt with the situation."
He said the Krempetor berthed at Cattedown Wharves at 4.30am.
A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: "We were told on Sunday night at about 11.11pm by Long Room Port Control in Plymouth which had received a communique about an incident on board the Krempetor 40 nautical miles south of Start Point.
"It was reported that the master had fallen down the hold and sustained serious injuries. He subsequently died."
The Herald understands the man suffered multiple head injuries.
"Because it was the master the ship was diverted into Plymouth," the MCA said.
Police and an MCA surveyor were on board the Krempetor yesterday carrying out investigations. The MCA spokesman said they needed to ascertain the facts for any subsequent inquiry.
The MV Krempetor, which is registered in Antigua and Barbuda, was bound from Holland to Spain carrying a cargo of scrap metal.
Her owners refused to comment.
The Herald understands that the incident is being treated as an accident.