South Korean freighter goes missing; hunt on for crew

SEOUL • A South Korean cargo vessel is missing after making its last contact in the South Atlantic about 2,500km from shore, and 22 crew members are unaccounted for, South Korea's foreign ministry and news reports said yesterday.

Two Filipino crew members were rescued from a life raft last Saturday, but other lifeboats and rafts found in the area were empty, said South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

"A search operation is continuing for the 22 people," said a foreign ministry official. Eight of the missing crew are South Korean nationals and 14 are Filipinos.

South Korea has asked Brazil and Uruguay to help in the search and rescue operation, said the official.

  • 22 Number of crew members unaccounted for.

The Stellar Daisy, a very large ore carrier (VLOC) owned and operated by South Korea's Polaris Shipping, was sailing from Brazil to China carrying iron ore when it sent a distress signal to the ship operator, said Yonhap.

A message last received last Friday by Polaris from a crew member said the ship was taking in water on the port side and was listing rapidly, Yonhap reported.

REUTERS

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