Korean fishing vessel abandoned deep in South Atlantic, 40 crew understood rescued

Fishing vessel KOSTAR is reported on May 15 abandoned, adrift deep in South Atlantic, 575 nm WSW of Tristan da Cunha Island. No news on crew, which should consist of some 43 people (according to ship’s particulars), but most likely, crew were rescued by another Korean fishing vessel KINGSTAR (IMO 8916009). As of 0500 UTC May 15, AIS was still on. Whatever accident befell KOSTAR, it took place sometime during May 12-14. No information on what exactly happened, though in the majority of fishing vessels abandonment accidents, when it happens on high seas, major fire was involved.
Fishing vessel (longliner) KOSTAR, IMO 9202687, dwt 1353, built 1999, flag South Korea.



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