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Families plea for help in search of missing crew members of cargo ship

All News 22:03 April 07, 2017

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- About a dozen grieving family members of an ill-fated South Korean cargo ship asked the government on Friday to mobilize all resources to find their loved ones.

They made the plea in a meeting with Vice Foreign Minister Ahn Chong-ghee at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul. Some of them traveled from the country's southeastern port city of Busan where the ship's company is located.

A ministry official said they feel sorry for the lack of progress in finding 22 crew members who went missing after their ship, the Stellar Daisy, apparently sank in the South Atlantic last week.

The 266,000-ton ore carrier -- carrying eight South Korean and 16 Filipino sailors -- was sailing off Uruguay when it made the distress call, according to South Korea's foreign ministry.

So far, only two Filipino crew members have been rescued by commercial ships in the area.

Authorities said that all of the crew members were probably wearing their life vests.


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