Update - Engineer was 54 yrs old from Russia and sailing aboard MCT Altair. He fell down a flight of stairs, but autopsy shows he has died from a previous condition.
The incident reportedly occurred in the early morning hours on Thursday. The ship has since continued on its trip.
Original Report - A report is indicating that a ship crew member passed away on Thursday aboard a vessel transiting the Seaway. The name of the ship has not been confirmed.
Sometime late this morning, the ship reported its Chief Engineer had fallen ill. A heart attack is believed to have taken the engineer's life.
Emergency officials were seen at the ship while it was moored at Eisenhower Lock.