Alberto Coleto (inset) died on October 9 onboard a cargo ship docked in the UAE.


Family seeks deeper probe into Filipino seafarer’s death in UAE

The family of Alberto Coleto, a seafarer who died on a ship docked in the UAE, has asked authorities for a deeper investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Coleto, 39, died on October 9 onboard the Star Gwyneth. The Filipino allegedly collapsed after working for 38 hours on the cargo ship.

His family in Surigao del Sur in the Philippines had asked the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for help in launching a further investigation.

On Monday (October 23), his family said they were told that Coleto died from cardiac arrest, but that manpower agency StarOcean Manning Inc. was not transparent regarding the specific circumstances surrounding the seafarer’s death.

His family quoted his co-workers as saying that on October 9, he was made to work for 38 hours under the scorching heat, with only a two-hour break. Coleto had worked in the cargo ship for nearly 10 years.

OWWA has reportedly ordered an autopsy in the UAE before repatriating Coleto’s remains. His family plans to file a case against StarOcean Manning Inc. and his employer for negligence. ICA/Expat Media

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