Filipino seafarer found dead on ship attacked by pirates | Global News
Close  

Filipino seafarer found dead on ship attacked by pirates

/ 04:43 PM May 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—A Filipino seafarer was found dead on a Marshall Island-flagged ship four days after it was attacked by pirates at a port in West Africa’s Benin, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

Heavily armed pirates on May 7 boarded chemical tanker MT Sea King while docked in Cotonou, the largest city in Benin. Christopher Cortez Ceprado, who was among the 15 Filipinos crewmembers of the ship, was later found dead on May 11.

ADVERTISEMENT

The pirates looted the vessel and even the personal effects of the crew were taken, the DFA said in a press release.

Ceprado’s death was confirmed by the vessel’s local manning agency, the DFA said. No other crew members were reported hurt.

FEATURED STORIES

His body was brought to a mortuary in Cotonou for autopsy, it said.

The DFA’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs said it was closely coordinating with the manning agency on the repatriation of Ceprado’s remains and for other benefits.

At the same time, the DFA said it has instructed the Philippine Embassy in Abuja to coordinate with Benin authorities on the investigation of the incident.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Crime, Maritime transport, Middle East & Africa, Overseas employment, Sea piracy
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.