S. Korea: 2 Sailors Die of Food Poisoning

Source of Article:  http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/02/116_39682.html


By Kim Se-jeong
Staff Reporter

Two Korean sailors were found dead from what appears to be food poisoning in a vessel headed for Korea from Kandalaport in western India, the Indian Embassy in Seoul said Monday.

According to a press release, ``Four crewmen appeared conscious and were able to move, the medical team found many other unconscious and four of them dead in their cabins.''

Bin Jo-bin, 23, and Gaal Go-seong were the dead, along with two people of Burmese descent, it said.

The Korean vessel of 20 sailors was carrying fodder.

The Indian Coast Guard suspected tinned meat and fish to be behind the deaths. ``It is understood that a meal of tinned meat and fish on the night of Feb. 10 resulted in all of them developing stomach (pains), diarrhea and vomiting.''

It continued, ``Alerted by the Korean Coast Guard in early morning of Feb. 13 about a medical emergency on board the Korean vessel M V Bright Star, Indian Coast Guard personnel boarded the vessel, located about 30 kilometers from Kanyakumari, the tourist town on the southern tip of India.''

Fourteen ill sailors were transferred to a hospital in Kanyakumari, including Captain Kim Ki-yo who suffered from a mild heart attack.

The embassy said it began to issue visas to family members and employers of the victims.



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