WHEN the sun rose on the Sage Sagittarius, hundreds of kilometres off the Queensland coast five years ago today, it lit up a ship riven with fear and confusion.
Chief cook Cesar Llanto, 42, had vanished the morning before.
The crew had by now scoured the ship and surrounding waters for any sign of the veteran seafarer.
If he had gone overboard as suspected, the 26-hour window for survival was about to close.
When the Filipino crew were told that their cook had vanished, suspicion engulfed the vessel.
An equally bizarre death two weeks later would earn the Sagittarius its notorious “Death Ship” nickname.
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The last time the cook was seen, he was headed to the bridge. When Mr Llanto never returned, the crew feared foul play.
“They almost all thinking that, because you understand that he was called to the bridge in the early morning. Then the chief cook did not come back to the galley – his area.”
This is the first time a crew member on board the Sagittarius at the time of the deaths has spoken in detail about what life was like on the ship. They are speaking anonymously out of concern for their safety.
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