Palauan FestPac Delegate Died From Asphyxia Due To Drowning

Investigation continues into death of traditional sailor

By Jacqueline Perry Guzman

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post, May 26, 2016) -- Murais Sebangiol, the man from Palau who died Sunday morning just before the traditional welcome ceremony for the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts, died of asphyxia due to drowning, according to Dr. Aurelio Espinola, chief medical examiner.

The death remains under investigation.

Sebangiol took part in the traditional navigation sea voyage from Palau to Guam for FestPac.

Sebangiol, 43, was a student learning navigation skills, according to another Palau delegate. The boat Sebangiol was on contained medical supplies and stopped at several islands along the way to Guam.

Palau delegates Thomas Jefferson and Rachel Ngiruos said Sevangio was fine until the day of the arrival.

“They were already here,” Ngiruos said. Although the pair did not know exactly what happened that day, Ngiruos said Sebangiol may have become sick about two hours prior to the beginning of the traditional welcome at Paseo, which began around 5 a.m.

Oyaol Ngirairikl, spokeswoman for the governor of Guam, said there was a call of an “injured person” the morning of the traditional welcome. Emergency personnel were dispatched and Sebangiol was transported to Naval Hospital Guam and CPR was administered along the way. She said the family has been notified.

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