Death Ship: Four Corners investigates whodunit at sea

THE mystery of how three men came to die in five weeks aboard the Sage Sagittarius coal-carrying ship will be examined by ABC's Four Corners on Monday night.

The murky circumstances of the three fatalities on the so-called "death ship" have been the subject of investigation by Australian Regional Media - the publisher of this website - for more than 18 months.


That investigation broke the news of the prolonged and seemingly delayed investigation into the three deaths, considered suspicious by Australian authorities, on January 13 last year.

Since then the reports have unearthed details relating to the deaths, including comments from a crew member on board at the time who made allegations of abuse.

The announcement that New South Wales Deputy Coroner Sharon Freund would scrutinise the evidence followed a string of reports on the Sagittarius, including a call for a coronial inquest from politicians, maritime experts and advocates.

The episode is titled "Ship of Death: A whodunit on the high seas" from Walkley Award winning investigative journalist Linton Besser.

The broadcast follows the first two days of a New South Wales coronial inquest into the deaths this week.

Four Corners' Ship of Death will appear this Monday on ABC at 8.30pm.

Topics:  four corners inquest sage-sagittarius

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