General cargo ship PLUTO ISLAND on fire

General cargo ship PLUTO ISLAND shortly after midnight Seoul time Dec 28 issued distress signal, reporting fire on board. Vessel was some 30 nm southeast of Seogwipo, Jeju, East China sea. at around 0500 vessel requested evacuation, 9 crew was rescued by Coast Guard ship. Coast Guard ship or ships are fighting fire in holds area, external fire reportedly is extinguished, fire in holds still on. Vessel was en route from Hakata Japan to Ningbo China with cargo of scrap, mostly used appliances.

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