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Five fishermen will appear in front of a Danish court to be charged over the death of a crew mate onboard a cutter in the North Sea. Photo: SeaME

Five crew members from a fishing vessel will appear in front of the court today in Holstebro, Denmark to be charged with manslaughter.

The court appearance is related to an incident onboard a cutter in the North Sea on Monday 30 January 2023 where a fisherman died in what has been described by police as suspicious circumstances.

On Monday morning at 05.12 the Central and West Jutland Police received a report that a crew member on a cutter located in the North Sea was unresponsive. The lifeless man was flown ashore by helicopter on Monday morning and pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

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In a press release this morning the Central West and West Jutland Police said:

“The circumstances of the death meant that the police considered the death  suspicious. 

“Due to the  weather, it was not possible to get the ship and crew into port until Wednesday evening. It has also not been possible to get the police on board the ship.

“After the cutter arrived in port on Wednesday evening, the crew has been questioned. The five crew members will be arraigned today at 1 p.m.  on charges of manslaughter.

“In connection with the preliminary statutory hearing, the prosecution service will request that the door be closed.

“The Central and West Jutland Police are present at the port of Thyborøn, where, among others, the police’s forensic technicians examine the ship.

“For the sake of the investigation, we do not have any further information on the case at this time.”

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Five fishermen appear in Danish court in connection with crew mate’s death

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