POLICE are investigating the death of an Indonesian fisherman who died while being locked up on board a ship.
The crew member of the FV Chokyu Maru No. 78 was held in the ship's isolated shower room when he was found dead while entering Fiji waters from Tahiti on Monday.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the shower room the 33-year-old fisherman died in was guarded by two crew members.
She said reports stated the deceased allegedly acted violently and threatened other fishermen during their fishing expedition.
"The body is now at the Suva Private Hospital morgue with the post-mortem examination being conducted," she said.
Indonesian ambassador to Fiji Aidil Chandra Salim yesterday said he was aware of the death.
"We are waiting for results from the hospital," Mr Salim said.
He said he was not aware as to what transpired on board the ship and how the fisherman died but they were putting information together.
Attempts by embassy officials to talk to the Indonesian crew on board yesterday failed.
Mr Salim said they had been informed by other fishermen who learned about the incident that the FV Chokyu Maru No. 78 had been at sea for long.
"There was no conflict but a restless attitude from the fisherman who died. I don't know whether he had a fight or what happened inside the boat," Mr Salim said. He said he had contacted the concerned Indonesian ministry requesting it to contact the next of kin of the deceased.
Xhong Fei Shipping Agencies, which is responsible for the fishing vessel, refused to comment on the matter.
Company director Sally Lin refused to comment and referred all questions to police.
Investigation is continuing.