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OFW dies on board ship;
family seeking full details


The family of an Overseas Filipino Worker, Lauro Suan Alaton, 39, from Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental, who reportedly died on board a cargo vessel somewhere in Korea recently, is seeking more information about his death.

Ronald Alaton of Apo Island said in an exclusive telephone interview with this reporter that their family was informed that his older brother, Lauro, married, died on board the cargo ship MV (Chang) Tai Hong I sometime between Saturday and Sunday.

It was not known whether the ship was on port call in North Korea or South Korea, he said, adding that Lauro had signed a contract this year with BB Shipping, a company based in Metro Manila, and had boarded the Tai Hong I in January.

He said they received a call from the recruitment agency on November 28 informing them that Lauro’s contract was being extended.

A few days later, however, a call to Lauro’s wife, Eleanor, said he had been found dead in his room on the ship sometime between Dec. 3 and 4, Ronald said.

He also said they do not know about any arrangements or the exact date for the return of his brother’s remains to the Philippines.

He said they asked certain Anna Santos from the recruitment agency to verify his death and for additional information about it.

Santos said Lauro Alaton was rushed to the hospital and confined for three days as he was vomiting and defecating blood and had returned to the vessel where he was found dead the next morning in his room.

Ronald also said Santos promised to call them once she gets more details from the ship captain.

Lauro’s wife was set to leave for Manila yesterday to meet with the wife of another Filipino contract worker who is also on board the Tai Hong I, Ronald said. She will also meet with recruitment agency officials to make arrangements for the return of Lauro’s remains and their claim for benefits.*JFP



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