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South Korean Cargo Ship Goes Missing

A South Korean cargo ship with 24 crew members has gone missing in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Two Filipino sailors were rescued from a life raft, South Korea’s Yonhap News agency reported. The Ship last made contact in the South Atlantic approximately 2,500 kilometers from shore, with the remaining 22 crew members unaccounted for.

A crew member sent a text on Friday reporting that the 312m ‘Stellar Daisy’ was taking on water. The ship has a capacity of 260,000 tonnes, and was under the operation of a South Korean company.

The Ship was travelling from Brazil to China carrying iron ore when it sent a distress signal to the ship operator on Friday. The remaining crew are 16 Filipinos and 8 South Koreans. All other lifeboats found in the area were empty.

“A search operation is continuing for the 22 people,” A South Korean foreign ministry official told Reuters. Merchant ships in the area which first began the search reported a strong smell of fuel.

Assistance from Brazil and Uruguay has also been requested.

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