Korean Fishing Vessel Sinks in Southern Ocean

Some more bad news coming from the Southern Ocean over the weekend.

At approximately 6.30am yesterday, the Korean fishing vessel No 707 Hongjin sank about 2700km southeast of Bluff, New Zealand.  The vessel had 42 crew on board consisting of eight South Koreans, eight Chinese, 11 Indonesians, 11 Vietnamese, three Filipinos and one Russian when the she sank.

Two New Zealand fishing vessels were called to assist with the rescue.  20 survivors were rescued, 5 men were recovered dead and 17 are still missing.  According to reports, the vessel sank quickly forcing the crew to jump directly into the water without lifejackets or immersion suits.

Conditions in the area were decent with a light westerly at 10 knots and a 1m swell.  Water temperatures were at about 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

[Source – New Zealand Herald]