Seoul: Rescuers have saved 15 crewmen from a
South Korean ship that sank in the South China Sea and a
search is continuing for six still missing, Seoul`s foreign
ministry said on Wednesday.
A ministry official said six Koreans and nine Myanmar
crew had been rescued as of today while three Koreans and
three Myanmar men remain missing.
"The search is still going on," the official said without giving further details.
The 15,000-tonne bulk carrier Bright Ruby, which survived
an encounter with Somali pirates in 2008, lost contact after
leaving the Malaysian port of Penang on Monday en route to
China with a cargo of steel.
Hong Kong`s maritime rescue centre has coordinated the
search and sent aircraft to search the area. It said eight
ships in the vicinity picked up the 15 crew members who have
been saved so far.
It was not immediately clear why the Bright Ruby sank but
it was presumed to have been battered by high waves and strong
In September 2008 the ship was hijacked by Somali pirates
off the Gulf of Aden. The vessel and its eight South Korean
crewmen were released after 37 days in captivity.