Dramatic images of the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier MV Ocean Breeze which ran aground yesterday on Llo-Lleo’s beach, near the port of San Antonio, Chile.  Chilean Navy helicopters rescued the crew of 24 yesterday, most of them Filipino nationals. Maritime Governor, Osvaldo Castro told reporters the anchor chain broke away (started to drag) and the ship began to ride the wind and waves toward the leeward shore.

The vessel carries a cargo of wheat and soy beans.  Images submitted to us by gCaptain contributor, Captain Eric Omar Rodríguez Aracena.

ocean breeze bulk carrier chile aground beach

ocean breeze bulk carrier chile aground beach

ocean breeze bulk carrier chile aground beach

ocean breeze aground chile bulk carrier

ocean breeze bulk carrier chile aground beach

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ocean breeze bulk carrier chile aground beach

ocean breeze bulk carrier chile aground beach

ocean breeze bulk carrier chile aground beach

ocean breeze bulk carrier chile aground beach

ocean breeze bulk carrier chile aground beach

VIDEO:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxAuDoP3_8A[/youtube]

Video of some of the crewmembers being dropped off by helicopter:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfP166FmdjI[/youtube]

 

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    • http://www.facebook.com/cristian.chavesbarahona Cristian Chaves Barahona

      Waiting for high tides to refloat the vessel…keep in touch

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sanjiv88 Sanjiv Singh

    God speed….wish you favorable winds!

  • Douglas A. Atkins

    A dreadful and unfortunate gutwrenching incident to befall a big girl like ‘Ocean Breeze’! Hindsighte is 20-20, but I think I would have dropped BOTH anchors with a lot of scope and tried to take the onshore wind and seas directly on the bows. The broadside situation will cause a very difficult recovery. All the best to all involved, glad no-one was hurt. Sincerly, Capt. Douglas Atkins, USCG lic MOO

  • Ywnn

    Thank chile navy save my young brother life !

  • Jack Y. Mc Carthy

    I know this ship quite well as I surveyed her many times over the years in the ST Lawrence river. I also know some of the captains who commanded her and they were very professional including the deck officers. What a sad event for those peoples. Hope that they will be able to salvage and save her but from what I see on the video, and based on my experience, chances are that she will be a total lost. Furthermore, with the cargo that she is carrying, once this cargo get wet(if there is any water ingress….well….!!!!)
    Capt. J.Y. Mc Carthy marine surveyor

  • Gerardo

    This situation off shore are too hard moments for the ship…God help to us.

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