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Body of Matson crew member brought to Saipan for autopsy

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THE  body of  a Matson crew member was brought to Saipan for autopsy on Thursday, Variety learned.

“We are saddened to report that while en route to Guam, one of our crew members aboard the M/V Papa Mau was found unresponsive in his cabin,” Matson said in a statement on Wednesday.  "Guam Customs cleared the vessel upon arrival into Guam, and out of precaution, the Department of Public Health and Social Services conducted a Covid-19 test of the crew member. The test result came back negative."

In a separate statement on Friday, Bernie Valencia, Matson’s vice president and general manager for Guam and Micronesia, said: “Out of respect for our fallen crewmember, we made arrangements for the proper handling of his remains upon arrival in Saipan. Mortuary professionals were waiting at the port with a hearse to receive our crewmember, but local authorities took control of the process and our colleague was not given the respect any of us would expect for a family member. We are working with local authorities to understand why this happened and to get our crewmember released so that we can resume the process of returning him to his family without delay."

 

Video footage circulating on social media Thursday shows crime scene technicians of the Department of Public Safety loading a body bag, which they brought out of a refrigerated container, into a police truck.

The 59-year-old decedent was the chief cook on the ship. Matson asked Variety not to mention his name.

Because Guam has no medical examiner, his body was brought to the Commonwealth Health Center, Variety learned.

DPS did not release an official statement as of press time Thursday evening.

 

 

 

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