Dead crewman named

BILL MOORE
Last updated 12:18 28/09/2012

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Police have named the crewman on the Nelson-based longliner Antarctic Chieftain who died on board in international waters earlier this week.

He was Mark William Sweeny, aged 53, of Richmond, the ship's second engineer.

The ship was en route to Nelson under the Australian flag when Mr Sweeney died in an accident.  It was met at Port Nelson yesterday morning by Nelson detectives and staff from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Detective Senior Sergeant Wayne McCoy said police had interviewed all seven crew and referred the matter to the coroner.

The AMSA was continuing its investigation into procedures and protocols, he said.

The accident happened while the ship, which had been fishing for the Sealord-Nissui partnership Australian Longline, was about 270 miles south-east of Tasmania.

It is also used by the Sealord-Talley's partnership New Zealand Longline for toothfishing in the Ross Sea, and is scheduled to sail on Sunday.

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