13 January, 2012

Crew rescued from burning ship

Seven men suffering burns have arrived toNew Zealand for medical treatment. Three missing members of the crew are believed dead.

The injured members of the Jeong Woo 2 crew which caught fire in the Southern Ocean have arrived today to Christchurch in a United States Airfoce Hercules C-130 carried them from McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

According to the information provided by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand, thee of them have severe injuries while five crew have less serious burns. The remaining surviving members are on board the Korean fishing vessels Jeong Woo 3 and Hong Jin 707 which evacuated them.

The three crew members that are still missing are believed to have died because of the fire in the vessel’s accommodation block.

After being rescued by the Korean vessels, the injured seamen where transferred to the United States research vessel Nathaniel B Palmer, which took them to McMurdo Station for further assistance.

The wreck of Jeong Woo No.2 will be towed by its sister ship Jeong Woo No.3 to a position north of 60 degrees south (outside theAntarctic Circle), when her future will be decided.

The Korean research icebreaker Aaron will join Jeong Woo No.3 to pick the 30 remaining survivors of the crew and take them to theLittletonPortin Christchurch New Zealand.

The51 meterfishing vessel Jeong Woo 2 caught fire in theRossSeaabout 2000 nautical miles (3704 kilometres) southeast ofNew Zealand and about 600 kilometresnorth-northeast of McMurdo Base.

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