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Indonesian seafarer dies aboard Chinese vessel

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 13, 2020   /   01:30 pm
Indonesian seafarer dies aboard Chinese vessel The Lu Huang Yuan Yu 117, a Chinese-flagged fishing vessel that was secured by the Indonesian authorities in Riau Islands on Wednesday. (JP/Fadli)

An Indonesian crewmember of Chinese fishing ship Long Xing 629 has reportedly been killed in a workplace accident.

The Indonesian Fishery Workers Union (SPPI) chairman in South Korea, Ari Purboyo, said he received news of the death on Tuesday morning from a former Lon Xing worker. 

The Indonesian worker, identified as SA, reportedly died while the ship was sailing off the coast of Peru. The ship's captain claimed it had been an accident. 

“I’m still trying to confirm the information as well as monitor the ship’s movement,” Ari said as quoted by kompas.id.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah confirmed the news. 

“A a crew member from Indonesia was killed on the fishing ship Long Xin 629 on Aug. 11 in a workplace accident,” he said, adding that the Foreign Ministry would check the information with the Indonesian Embassy in Lima. 

A video appeared on Facebook in May showing a group of sailors on the Lu Qing Yuan Yu 623 throwing the body of an Indonesian sailor into the sea. Prior to that, there was public outrage over the death of four Indonesian sailors registered to another Chinese fishing ship.

According to Destructive Fishing Watch data, 30 Indonesian crewmen were victims of alleged exploitation aboard Chinese fishing vessels between November 2019 and June, seven of whom have died while three others have gone missing. (dpk)