A SOUTH Korean cargo vessel has vanished after making its last contact in the South Atlantic about 2500km from shore and 22 crew members are unaccounted for.
South Korea’s foreign ministry and news reports said that two Filipino crew members were rescued floating in a life raft on Saturday, but other lifeboats and rafts found in the area were empty.
“A search operation is continuing for the 22 people,” a South Korean foreign ministry official in Seoul said by telephone, adding eight of the missing are South Korean nationals and 14 are Filipinos.
Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) Stellar Daisy reportedly missing in the South Atlantic. https://t.co/LFzysrBCVh pic.twitter.com/RU87vWKwev— Port of Felixstowe (@FelixstowePort) April 1, 2017
South Korea has requested Brazil and Uruguay to help in the search and rescue, the official said asking not to be identified.
The very large ore carrier Stellar Daisy, owned and operated by South Korea’s Polaris Shipping and based in Busan, was sailing from Brazil to China carrying iron ore when it sent a distress signal to the ship operator on Friday.
A message last received on Friday by Polaris from a crew member said the ship was taking in water on the port side and was listing rapidly.