MASSENA A Russian ship engineer died early Friday in a fall he took on board a Liberian vessel that was navigating the St. Lawrence River.
State police said troopers and the U.S. Coast Guard were called about 1:30 a.m. to Snell Lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway for a report of a deceased crew member aboard the MCT Altair.
Investigators determined that Sergey N. Menzhiliy of Russia, 54, the vessels chief engineer, fell about 10 feet from a flight of stairs while returning to the engine control room, state police said.
Medical personnel on the vessel attempted life-saving measures but were unsuccessful.
St. Lawrence County Coroner Jamie Sienkiewicyz pronounced Mr. Menzhiliy dead.
An autopsy, conducted at Massena Memorial Hospital, revealed that Mr. Menzhiliy died due to a pre-existing medical condition, state police said.