Huge cargo ship disappears in South Atlantic with 22 crew members on board

A huge cargo ship has vanished in the South Atlantic while carrying 22 people on board.

The South Korean vessel has sparked a search operation after disappearing in unknown circumstances.

The Stellar Daisy was sailing from Brazil to China when it sent out a distress signal on Friday.

A message received by the ship operator said it was taking in water on the port side and listing rapidly.

Two people were found in a life raft and rescued but other lifeboats and rafts found in the area were empty.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported the two people picked up in the sea were Filipino crew members.

A South Korean foreign ministry official said a search operation was underway for the 22 people.

Of those missing eight are South Korean nationals and 14 are Filipinos.

Brazil and Uruguay have been asked to help in the search and rescue efforts.

The huge ship was said to be carrying iron ore and is owned and operated by South Korea’s Polaris Shipping, based in Busan.

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A life raft believed to be from a South Korean ship that sank in the South Atlantic last week has been found with efforts now under way to safely rescue two sailors on the raft, the Seoul government said Sunday.

The search for the missing South Korean ship, Stella Daisy, began Saturday, one day after the ship’s crew members sent a text to their South Korean employer, saying their ship was sinking.

The Marshall Islands-flagged ship was sailing near Uruguay when it made the distress call, according to the foreign ministry.

The life raft was found drifting by commercial ships in the area.

An earlier report said two life boats had been spotted.

The ministry later corrected only one small raft has been found, carrying two people. The nationalities of its two occupants have not been confirmed.

The 266,000-ton Stella Daisy was carrying eight South Korea and 16 Filipino sailors. The fate of the South Korean ore carrier also remains unconfirmed.

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  • DrArtaud

    Ships, on the Great Lakes. We call them lakes, but they’re inland seas. There is enough water in the Great Lakes to cover the 48 contiguous states 5′ deep in water. Wrecks were frightfully frequent on the Great Lakes at one time, there are thousands of wrecked ships on the bottom of the lakes.

    I realize this story is about a South Korean ship that disappeared in the South Atlantic Ocean, but things can go bad fast, as the following story emphasizes. This ship sank during a storm, with 30’+ waves and 60 MPH winds, with the ship splitting in two.

    The two links that follow discuss Dennis Hale, he was the sole survivor of the sinking. Dennis was onboard the life raft with three others, but the ship broke up so fast, literally split in two, that he never got dressed, he was in bed and awakened by the noise of the ship splitting. He had on undershorts, a life preserver, and over that he wore a peacoat. Nothing on his legs.

    In winter weather, with Dennis’ legs exposed, his mates on the raft froze to death within 14 hours, Dennis went another 24 hours after that before he was rescued. Some attribute the peacoat worn over his life preserver for keeping his torso warm enough. Dennis was visited, twice I believe, by a vision of an old, white haired man that gave him advice on surviving. Dennis was eating the icicles off his peacoat, his visitor told him not to because he’d lower his body temperature.

    I met Dennis twice, at the Maritime Museum in Astabula Ohio, and bought his books that he’d promote. Dennis passed away recently, but had been granted 50 years more of life by extraordinary circumstances.

    Video: SOLE SURVIVOR; Dennis Hale of Daniel J. Morrell Nov 29th 1966

    Video: Shipwrecked

    And a little on the Paul Tregurtha, a popular Great Lakes Ship.

    Video: Tregurtha Tour

    Video: Paul R Tregurtha Tunnel Tour Video 1 – Great Lakes Freighter

    Video: Paul R Tregurtha Engine Room Tour Video 6 – Great Lakes Freighter