The chief engineer of the Korean fishing vessel GOLDEN WAVE 305, Kim Yong-Hyun, died early Thursday in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa shortly after his release by Somali pirates.
Multiple sources told Somalia Report that the 68 year old Kim fell off the 4th floor balcony of his hotel and was found by a security guard at approximately 02:25am after an alleged argument with a Kenyan woman.
The 26 year old woman, Beatrice Auma Oguta, was arraigned at a Mombasa Magistrate's court on Feb 18th and sent to prison until further investigations are concluded. Sources say Kim’s death might involve foul play, and other sources say his girlfriend threw Kim off the balcony of his hotel.
The operation manger of Mombasa Shipping Agent, Isaac Masinde, said there weren't any unusual signs from Kim, but that he had been considering whether to return to Korea or remain in Kenya.
Masinde said that Kim's family has been informed of the news and is on the way to Kenya. His body has now been transferred to a local Mombasa hospital.
The Korean owned fishing vessel GOLDEN WAVE 305 docked in Mombasa, Kenya, on Tuesday (February 15), after being held for four months by Somalia pirates.
Diplomatic officials, officials from Kenya Maritime Authority, relatives, friends and family members of the crew of the Kenyan-flagged vessel rallied at the port's quay side in celebration of the arrival of the fishing vessel and her 43 crew.
Upon arrival the master of the vessel Capt. Kim Dae Gun told the press that while in captivity he suffered due to his diabetic conditions, while the late Kim and four other crew members contracted malaria. They also developed skin diseases but are now recovering after receiving medication from EUNAVFOR warship FNS POHJANMAA, he said. FV GOLDEN WAVE 305 was hijacked by pirates along with her 43 multinational crew in October last year in Kenyan territorial waters according to a vessel monitoring system, but the crew members of the vessel told Somalia Report that they were hijacked by a local vigilante group in Southern Somalia near Ras Kambon.
Crew members of the vessel are composed of 2 South Korean, 2 Chinese and 39 Kenyan nationals. Pirates are currently holding captive 100 fishermen aboard 4 fishing vessels. The fishing vessels in captivity include FV JIH CHUN TSAI 68, PRANTALAY 14, SHIUH FU No.1 and VEGA 5. The gunmen are also holding captive 800 seafarers aboard 33 ocean-going merchant ships.