Cable laying ship RESPONDER sank during firefighting, South Korea VIDEO

Cable laying ship RESPONDER sank at around 1740 Seoul time Sep 12, west of southern tip of Tsushima island, East China sea, South Korea, after more than 12-hour long firefighting, reportedly because the ship took on too much water during firefighting, though it doesn’t look this way. There were no casualties or injures.

Sep 11 news:
Cable laying ship on fire, all 60 personnel evacuated, East China sea
Fire erupted on board of a cable laying ship at around 0340 Seoul time Sep 11, west of southern tip of Tsushima island, East China sea. All 60 people on board left the ship and went to nearby smaller cable laying ship, which was working in pair with her. As of 1500 Seoul time, firefighting was still under way, with deployment of Korean SAR and CG ships. Ship on fire wasn’t identified, but according to ships’ tracks in the area and photos, it’s Korean-flagged cable laying ship RESPONDER. No AIS during last 8 hrs as of 0600 UTC 1500 Seoul time) Sep 11.
Cable laying ship RESPONDER, IMO 9215206, dwt 7617, built 2000, flag South Korea, manager KT SUBMARINE CO LTD.



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