Death on Korean fishing trawler investigated

  • 06/05/2014

Police are investigating the death of an Indonesian fisherman who was killed aboard a Korean trawler in New Zealand waters.

The dead crewman died on the Korean vessel GOM379 on Monday and the ship was met by police and maritime authorities when it berthed at Bluff about 3pm on Tuesday.

A post-mortem will be carried out this morning on the man, who has not yet been identified.

Police are investigating the death on behalf of the coroner and will interview members of the ship's crew who witnessed the incident. The Indonesian embassy is helping to try to contact his family.

The crewman died on Monday while retrieving a fishing net when the ship was in the Southern Ocean, 65 nautical miles north of the Auckland Islands, or about 380 nautical miles south of Bluff and within New Zealand waters.

The GOM379 is operated by Ngapuhi's Northland Deepwater Limited Partnership, which charters the Korean vessel.

In 2011, Ngapuhi defended the conditions aboard the vessel during a ministerial inquiry into conditions on foreign charter vessels, where claims of on board slavery were made.

The company submission described interviews with crew members who had "no complaints about pay and working conditions and described GOM379 as a happy ship," The New Zealand Herald reported at the time.


source: newshub archive