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.