Search and Rescue Operation Made Nautical News And Revealed Only One Survivor
#1. The Stellar Daisy In Port
The South Korean freighter was enroute from Brazil to China when it issued a single distress call. Then there was nothing and the cargo ship suddenly sank into the waters of the South Atlantic, some 2,000 nautical miles off the port city of Montevideo. Twenty-four people (14 Filipinos and eight South Koreans) were on board. Only one member of the ill-fated crew, Dau Ngoc Hung, was rescued from a life raft. An oil slick some 2,300 miles off the coast accompanied by “a strong smell of fuel” indicated that the watery grave of 1,056-foot freighter and its crew lay at the bottom of the unforgiving sea.
#2. The Stella Daisy In Prouder Days
Why did this powerful vessel sink so quickly?
The sole survivor of the tragedy told authorities that conditions on board were “normal” right up until the vessel suddenly took on water and sank. The outstanding theory about the vessel’s demise although it remains as such, is that the cargo was to blame. Designated as a Very Large Ore Carrier, authorities believe that the ore might have shifted, causing the freighter to swiftly lose balance and capsize.