Nautical News: South Korean Freighter Vanishes Without A Trace

Due to the recent loss of the Stellar Daisy, a 266-ton freighter that made nautical news when it disappeared off the coast of Uruguay, the Maritime Safety Administration has launched a special inspection on bulk carriers. Read on for more on the tragic loss of this ship and all but one member of its crew

Search and Rescue Operation Made Nautical News And Revealed Only One Survivor

#1. The Stellar  Daisy In Port

 

Nautical News: South Korean Freighter Vanishes Without A Trace
Photo: Yeong Ryong Kim/ MarineTraffic.com

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

Nautical News: South Korean Freighter Vanishes Without A Trace  Nautical News: South Korean Freighter Vanishes Without A Trace
Photo: SeaBreezes.com

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.

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