A South Korean cargo vessel hauling iron ore rapidly disappeared in the southern Atlantic Ocean this weekend.
The Stellar Daisy, sailing from Brazil to China, issued a distress signal on Friday, notifying the ship operator that water was flooding the port side of the ship and that the large vessel was beginning to tip over.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that a text message was sent from one of the crew members to the operator confirming the 148,000-tonne boat was beginning to list.
Two Filipino crew members were eventually rescued from a lifeboat out at sea, though other floating rafts and boats in the vicinity were unoccupied.
An official from South Korea’s foreign ministry revealed that of the 22 still missing, eight are South Korean residents while the other 14 are Filipino. The governments of Brazil and Uruguay have been asked to aid in the search for the remaining Polaris Shipping crew.
Uruguayan Navy spokesman Gustavo Jaunsolo explained that the ship was believed to have been approximately 2,000 miles off the coast of Montevideo, and stated that as the first responders approached the area, signs of debris and a “strong smell of fuel” were detected.
H/T: Fox News
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