Death riddle solved

German probe reveals three crew were suffocated in hold of cargoship in UK port.

Three men who died mysteriously on a German cargoship in the UK suffocated in a hold, it has been revealed.

The seafarers fell ill on the 1,800-dwt Suntis (built 1985), operated by Warnecke Schiffahrt, in Goole and were taken to hospital last Monday, where they later died.

Now German maritime casualty investigators have said a lack of oxygen in a cargo hold killed the crew.

Measurements showed extremely low levels of breathable air and the moist timber cargo has been blamed.

One or more of the men may have died trying to save a colleague, the probe added.

The three crew had suddenly complained of severe nausea before being hospitalised.

They were named as Gerd Jescheniak, 60, from Germany, and Perrer Punongayan, 33, and Jonathan Sanosa, 38, both from the Philippines,