Palauan Delegate To Pacific Festival Of Arts Dies In Guam

Traditional sailor became ill shortly after end 68 day voyage

By L. N. Reklai

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, May 24, 2016) – A tragedy struck Palau’s traditional sailing team before the opening day of the 12th Pacific Arts Festival in Guam on Sunday, as one of the 10 crew members Murais Sebangiol got sick and died shortly after arriving at the Guam hospital.  According to reports, he was reported sick around 4am on Sunday morning and was transported to the hospital.

No details have been forth coming on cause of his illness or his death.  His family is reported to have departed to Guam to see to his repatriation to Palau.

Murais Sebangiol is part of 10-man crew that sailed aboard a 56 feet double-hulled voyaging canoe over 1,164 miles of ocean and 68 days to reach Guam in time for the opening day on May 22, 2016.  The canoe arrived ahead of schedule in Saipan on May 7th, allowing the crew to rest and re-group for the final leg of the voyage to Guam.

Due to the untimely and unfortunate event, Palau’s dance performance for that morning was cancelled.  It is reported that Senator Joel Toribiong, Minister Baklai Temengil and Alan Seid presented a gift to Captain and Navigator Sesario Sewralur.

Despite the tragedy, according to reports from Guam, Palauans rallied together for Murais Sebangiol and gave an outstanding performance during the opening event on Sunday night.

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