April 24, 2014 2:00 pm

UPDATED: Off-duty Canadian Forces crewman dies in Tanzania

A crewman from HMCS Regina (pictured here) died in a Tanzania hospital on Monday April 21, 2014 after leaving the ship for a scheduled leave.

The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A member of the Canadian Armed Forces has died in Tanzania.

The HMCS Regina crewman died in hospital on Monday after leaving the ship for a scheduled leave.

On Thursday, the Department of National Defence (DND), identified the deceased crewman as Leading Seaman Brandon South.

South joined the Forces in 2000 and was based out of CFB Esquimalt in British Columbia.

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“I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Leading Seaman South. His presence will be dearly missed by all the ship’s company of HMCS Regina,” said Daniel Charlebois, the ship’s commanding officer.

The circumstances of his death are unknown at this time.

The Canadian Military Police will work with authorities in Dar Es Salaam to investigate the death, read the statement from DND.

HMCS Regina is currently sailing in the Indian Ocean. The frigate is currently deployed on Operation ARTEMIS, a mission to “detect, deter and protect against terrorist activity” in the Arabian Sea.

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