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Aboard a timber-hauling ship in calm waters, one crew member climbed down into a cargo hold. He collapsed. His crew mate, sensing trouble, dashed down the same ladder for a rescue. He collapsed. Then their chief officer descended to investigate. He collapsed.
All three men died. Their cargo ship, the Suntis, was offloading at a British port on that spring day in 2014. The timber had absorbed air below deck, causing a lethally low oxygen level in the hold and asphyxiating the crew, investigators found.
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