Greek authorities on Tuesday collected two Ukrainian sailors from the Tanzania-flagged freighter “Svyatogor” as it was sailing east of Rhodes, after the two men were reported to be seriously ill. The first man, aged 34, was picked up by a Hellenic Air Force helicopter and then taken to Rhodes General Hospital in an ambulance, where he was declared dead on arrival.
At roughly the same time, the Search and Rescue Coordination Centre informed the Rhodes Coast Guard Authority that a second crew member showing symptoms of serious illness, a 37-year-old Ukrainian, needed to be picked up off the same ship. A Rhodes coast guard rescue vessel immediately set off to pick up this patient and take him back to Rhodes harbour, where an ambulance picked him up and took him to the same hospital.
The Rhodes coast guard has ordered an autopsy, as well as a toxicology report and blood work on the dead man to determine the cause of death.