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Navy identifies Esquimalt, B.C.-based sailor who died in Tanzanian hospital

Leading-Seaman Brandon South is seen in this undated handout photo. A Canadian sailor on his way home for leave has died in hospital in Tanzania. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO, Department of National Defence- Cpl Stuart MacNeil, MARPAC Imaging Services

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Leading-Seaman Brandon South is seen in this undated handout photo. A Canadian sailor on his way home for leave has died in hospital in Tanzania. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ HO, Department of National Defence- Cpl Stuart MacNeil, MARPAC Imaging Services

VANCOUVER - The Canadian sailor who died in a Tanzanian hospital while on his way home for scheduled leave has been identified.

Leading Seaman Brandon South was a sonar operator aboard HMCS Regina, which is based out of Esquimalt, B.C.

The frigate is currently patrolling the Indian Ocean as part of a multinational task force combating terrorism and pirates in the region.

A news release, National Defence says military police and authorities in Dar es Salaam are investigating Monday's death.

The ship's Cmdr. Daniel Charlebois expressed condolences to the family and says South will be dearly missed by the crew.

HMCS Regina is a Halifax-class frigate, with a crew of about 250, a CH-124 Sea King helicopter, and a shipboard unmanned aerial vehicle.

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