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Rescued Filipino seamen ‘in good condition’ as search continues

/ 07:31 AM April 03, 2017
This picture taken on April 1, 2017 shows a poster of the Stella Daisy cargo ship at an office of South Korea's Polaris Shipping in the southern port city of Busan. Two Filipino sailors were rescued from a distressed South Korean freighter with 24 crew on board that had apparently sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, the Uruguayan navy said on April 1. / AFP PHOTO / YONHAP / str /  - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT  NO ARCHIVES  RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

This picture taken on April 1, 2017, shows a poster of the Stellar Daisy cargo ship at an office of South Korea’s Polaris Shipping in the southern port city of Busan. Two Filipino sailors were rescued from the South Korean freighter which sank with 24 crew in the Atlantic Ocean, the Uruguayan navy said on April 1. AFP

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Ships and aircraft from various countries were scouring the Atlantic Ocean for shipwreck survivors Sunday, after a distressed South Korean freighter apparently sank off the coast of Uruguay.

The Stellar Daisy, a Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) with a capacity of more than 260,000 tons, was carrying 16 Filipinos and eight Koreans when it issued an emergency call on Friday, saying it was taking in water.

Two Filipino crew members were rescued Saturday and the search was ongoing for the others, said Gaston Jaunsolo, a spokesman for the Uruguayan navy.

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He said the shipwreck’s cause was still unclear: “It was not a complicated day for navigation,” he said.

The two rescued sailors — who are “in good condition,” according to Jaunsolo — said at one point the captain alerted the crew that “water was entering” and that the ship was breaking.

Jaunsolo said a Brazilian aircraft had joined the search and would take part again on Monday. Four other Korean merchant ships and an Argentine navy ship were also assisting.

The navy spokesman said the search was on for two more life rafts on which they hoped to find more survivors. Three rafts have already been recovered.

Because the ship was far off the Uruguayan coast — some 2,000 nautical miles, or 3,700 kilometers, from Montevideo — the initial search was done by four merchant ships in the area.

The first ships to reach the scene noticed a “strong smell of fuel” and spotted debris, “an indication that the damaged ship had sunk,” according to a statement from the navy.

The ship, which is flagged in the Marshall Islands, had departed from a port in Brazil. Its intended destination was not immediately clear. CBB

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