At least 5 dead, 17 missing after ship sinks off Antarctica
December 13th, 2010
01:38 AM ET

At least 5 dead, 17 missing after ship sinks off Antarctica

A South Korean fishing vessel sank Monday in frigid ocean waters about 1,000 nautical miles north of McMurdo Station in Antarctica, killing at least 5 people while at least 20 were rescued, according to maritime officials.

A time-sensitive search was underway for another 17 people who were missing, said Maritime New Zealand spokesman Ross Henderson. While the ship sank in the Southern Hemisphere's late spring, water temperatures are just 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 degrees Fahrenheit), meaning crew members likely could only survive no more than 10 minutes before succumbing to hypothermia, authorities said.

The New Zealand agency and the Korea Coast Guard said that five people had died, 20 were rescued and 17 were missing.


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  1. sugar

    Abuzz... my bad

    December 13, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People of the United States,
    After reading the above comments,it is no wonder the just about in last place in every educational grouping there is.
    If this vessel was an industrial fishing vessel it had to be pretty big,odds are a very large rouge wave took it down very fast.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. 5th grader

    @Frank...if this vessel WERE aN industrial fishing

    December 13, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 5th grader

    @Frank...if this vessel WERE an industrial fishing vessel (as opposed to a non-industrial fishing vessel?) it would have to be pretty big (yes, we saw pictures of big fishing vessels on tv too, and with 22 dead, it wuzn't no row-boat) odds are a very large rogue wave ( as opposed to the very small rogue waves running between your synapsis and dendrites) took it down very fats. ( as opposed to the slow motion rogue waves that take several excruciatingly painful hours to slowly lap away at the ships hull...) Even the people calling US stupid are dumber than rocks these days. Take Frank here...

    December 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lil

    I wonder where noth korea bought it's very first weapon to start with

    December 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. April

    Wow. They make pills to help you people.

    December 14, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
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