Sailor dies after returning to SVG, death not COVID-19 related

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A Vincentian sailor who was repatriated to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on May 26th has died.

This was confirmed by the Health Services Sub-committee of the National Emergency Committee on Tuesday (June 9).

In a release titled “REPATRIATED SAILOR DEATH NOT DUE TO COVID-19″, the committee said, “It is with deep sadness that the Health Services Sub-committee of the National Emergency Committee confirms that a Crew member who was repatriated on May 26, 2020 on the Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital early today, June 9.”

The 37-year-old man was one of 358 Vincentian sailors who disembarked the vessel on May 30 after testing negative on both the rapid and the first PCR COVID-19 tests. A second negative COVID-19 PCR test result received today confirmed that his death was not related to COVID-19.

The crew member completed his fourteen (14) days quarantine yesterday (Monday June 8).

The committee informed that a post mortem examination will be conducted to confirm the cause of death, as per the laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Health Services Sub-Committee of the National Emergency Committee wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.