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Body of Korean sailor sent back home

THE body of a South Korean sailor who died on April 10 in a gas leak aboard a Panamanian fishing vessel waiting to dock in Shanghai will be sent home today, the Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration said yesterday.

Kang Sin-Jae, the 59-year-old chief engineer, and Pagtalunan Santos Romeo Jr, a 32-year-old Filipino mechanic, died aboard the Oriental Angel, a Panama-registered fishing vessel, when ammonia leaked into a cabin.

The body of the Filipino sailor will be sent home when negotiation between his family and the ship's owner about compensation has been settled, exit-entry officials said.

The bodies were held up because heavy fog stopped the vessel and hundreds of others coming into port.

A preliminary investigation suggested the leak was caused by aging of the vessel, the administration said.


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