Korean freighter MGM No.5 sank after explosion in East China Sea, 1 crew missing

Korean general cargo vessel MGM No.5 suffered an explosion in cargo hold in the afternoon July 12 13 (reportedly around 17:00 LT) and sank soon after the explosion in East China Sea, some 40 nm off Namhae Island, Korea. Nearby Russian boxship FESCO Diomid immediately came to assist and rescued 9 crew, 1 crew went missing. Rescued, all in good health, were picked up later by helicopter and transported to Korea, FESCO Diomid resumed voyage Shanghai – Vostochniy. 10 crew included 2 South Koreans (Captain and Chief Engineer), 3 Indonesians and 5 Myanmar. 1 missing crew is Indonesian. MGM No.5 was en route from Incheon Korea to Wakayama Japan, with reportedly, cargo of metallic powder, which may explain the cause of the explosion. Photo of sinking MGM No.5 from Korean online edition dongA.com. See map and photo at http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/627/Korean-freighter-MGM-No5-sank-after-explosion-in-East-China-Sea-1-crew-missing

 

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