Sailor Dead SBC Silent!
The body of navy Lt. Andrew F. Webster was discovered Thursday in his hotel room in Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles, an island country in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar.
“He’s from the Halifax region, a young guy,” said Lt.-Col. Christian Lemay, chief public affairs officer with Canadian Joint Operations Command, in an interview.
Webster had been serving on HMCS Toronto. His death is not believed to be suspicious.
The circumstances around Webster’s death are being investigated by authorities in the Seychelles, who are keeping Canadian military police posted, Lemay said.
Canadian officials have been in touch with Webster’s family. It will be up to authorities in the Seychelles as to when the body will be transferred to the Canadian military, Lemay said.
HMCS Toronto, with a crew of about 250, was in port to provide some rest and relaxation between operations.
The frigate has been participating in Operation Artemis and conducting maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea for most of the last year.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of (navy Lt.) Andrew Webster, which occurred while he was deployed overseas during a port visit in the Seychelles,” Gen. Tom Lawson, chief of the defence staff, said in a news release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the member’s family, friends and colleagues.”