Polish master hangs himself on transatlantic voyage

A Polish captain hanged himself midway through a transatlantic voyage from New York to Tilbury in the UK, a British inquest heard yesterday.

The 59-year-old took over as captain of the Santa Bettina on May 6.

He was found by a crew member hanging on May 13, when the ship was halfway across the Atlantic ocean. No note was found.

The Santa Bettina, a boxship managed by Germany’s Hanseatic Unity Chartering, docked at the Port of Tilbury on May 21

The UK P&I Club revealed earlier this year that suicide is now the largest cause of death among seafarers at sea, accounting for 15% of all deaths at sea.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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