Training voyage blighted by suicide, other incidents in July
One candidate committed suicide, another attempted to take his own life by jumping off the ship at sea and a third went on the lam rather than continue a three-month voyage aboard a training vessel for would-be seafarers in July.
The incidents were disclosed Aug. 30 by the Japan Agency of Maritime Education and Training for Seafarers headquartered in Yokohama. The agency oversees the Maritime Technical College, where some of the trainees study.
“blight”/blάɪt/を取り上げます。『ウィズダム英和辞典』を引いたところ、「〈前途・希望など〉をくじく、損なう；…を破壊する」とありました。また、LDOCEでは“to spoil or damage something, especially by preventing people from doing what they want to do”と定義されています。ちなみに、『ウィズダム英和辞典』の“blight”の項目では最初に名詞としての用法が載っており、「(植物の)病害；(植物に害を及ぼす)菌、害虫」とありました。(Blue Sky)