STELLAR DAISY lifeboat spotted deep in the Atlantic almost a year after tragedy?
UPDATE: Lifeboat was spotted by Indian bulk carrier PRABHU PUNI (IMO 9224037), photo taken at a distance of some 2 cables. Korean Government reject the possibility of this lifeboat being from STELLAR DAISY – according to Government, there were two lifeboats on STELLAR DAISY, both were found and recovered during SAR operation last year.
A continuation of STELLAR DAISY tragedy is unfolding, as it is became known, that Indian merchant ship spotted a lifeboat in South Atlantic on Feb 24, and took some photos. Indian ship didn’t recover the lifeboat and continued her voyage, later photos were transferred to Brazil MRCC, which shared them with Koream Maritime Authorities. Families of missing crew are demanding a new SAR operation, to find and recover lifeboat. According to Korean media news, there are enough reasons to believe, that the lifeboat belongs to late STELLAR DAISY, and that there were people in it.
VLOC STELLAR DAISY, IMO 9038725, dwt 266141, built 1993, flag Marshall Islands, manager POLARIS SHIPPING CO LTD, Seoul.
Very Large Ore Carrier STELLAR DAISY went missing in South Atlantic after issuing distress signal at 2320 Seoul time Mar 31, Seoul’s foreign ministry said on Apr 1, while en route from Brazil to China with cargo of ore. Two Filipino crew members were rescued from a liferaft on April 1 by nearby cargo ship which took part in SAR, the other 22 crew members, 14 Filipinos and 8 South Koreans, remain missing.
Here’s the photo of a lifeboat spotted by Indian merchant ship on Feb 24:
On this photo a lifeboat which was spotted soon after disaster, damaged and partially sunk, and rescue of 2 Filipino crew from a liferaft: