Dead captain tests positive for COVID-19
[Brief] The master of the self-unloading bulk carrier Tertnes died while traveling from Gulen, Norway to the port of Dover, and a post-mortem coronavirus test gave a positive result.
February 24, as Tertnes was en route in international waters en route to Dover, he made a distress call to the main rescue center in Norway and called for help. The captain had a medical emergency. In response, two medics were dispatched to the ship in a helicopter; unfortunately the captain did not survive.
The ship diverted to the port of Mekjarvik, Norway, arriving on February 25. Authorities have tested everyone on board for COVID-19, and seven out of 17 people have tested positive, according to NRK. None showed symptoms of the disease.
A sample taken from the remains of the master also gave a positive result, but it is not known whether he died of COVID-19 or other causes, Randaberg’s chief medical officer told NRK.
The ship’s last crew change took place on February 12. It is now quarantined in Mekjarvik and its 17 crew members must remain on board.
The two medics who boarded the ship were quarantined, along with the marine pilots and technical staff who were recently on board.