South Korean seiner with 24 crew sinking off PNG, Bismarck sea UPDATE

South Korean fishing vessel LIM DISCOVERER with 24 crew on board reported sinking in Bismarck sea in vicinity 03 26S 147 50E, north of Port Lae, Papua New Guinea, at 0230 UTC Mar 21. At 0330 UTC ship’s AIS was still on.

Mar 21 UPDATE: 24 crew safe. Crew includes 9 Korean and 15 other nationalities. It is believed as of now, that the ship hit the reef, was holed and sank.

Purse seiner LIM DISCOVERER, IMO 9683647, GT 2177, built 2014, flag South Korea.



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