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S Korean boat sinks in Antarctic sea; 22 feared dead

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RIP to those lost. The people who have not yet been found are in all likelihood gone, those waters are COLD. I'm curious why the boat sank in the first place.

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Any chance that SS was nearby, or is it just Japanese ships they go after?

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It most likely would have hit an iceberg, as it sank so quickly there was no time for the crew to send distress signals, and the Kiwis co-ordinating the rescue picked up nothing. RIP to the crew.

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Molenir: "Any chance that SS was nearby, or is it just Japanese ships they go after?"

They weren't after whales, my friend, but a small fish catch. This has nothing to do with the issue of whaling.

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What a terrible tragedy. Couldn't we just all eat something that would be safer to get. RIP to those poor fishermen.

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BurakuminDes

Read it again. Twenty out of the forty-two crew on board were actually rescued...

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Not one comment about the Korean over-exploitation of the Mero fishery? No Kiwis jumping up and down about the Koreans coming halfway around the world and harvesting an unsustainable resource in their waters? No Greenpeace lackeys to chime in on this?

no surprises here.

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No Kiwis jumping up and down about the Koreans coming halfway around the world and harvesting an unsustainable resource in their waters? No Greenpeace lackeys to chime in on this?

Yes this gives little weight to that argument in the anti-whaling posts. I sure hope they can find more survivors but it's unlikely. Fishing the oceans is no walk in the park. It must have been ice to take a ship down so easily. Or maybe SS is planting mines in the Southern Ocean.

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This is just another example of he dangers inherent in any kind of open water fisheries operation and how those risks are multiplied when working frigid antarctic and arctic waters. So, what is the mentality of any group that deliberately harasses and interferes with such operations other than to increase the risk of injury and death to both themselves and to those they harass?

smithinjapan at 10:08 PM JST - 13th December They weren't after whales, my friend, but a small fish catch. This has >nothing to do with the issue of whaling.

Correct that they weren't going after whales. But Patagonian Toothfish, sold under the market name of Chilean Seabass is a highly threatened species, the vast majority reaching the worlds markets being the result of illegal pirate fishing, an issue for all conservation groups.

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OssanAmerica at 01:55 AM JST - 14th December. This is just another example of he dangers inherent in any kind of open water fisheries operation and how those risks are multiplied when working frigid antarctic and arctic waters.

Your right. It may have collided with an iceberg and had few minutes of survival time in the icy waters.The trawler went down so fast it did not even have a chance to send an SOS before plunging. To save lives, these trawlers need modified safety boat that can be released in minutes in a event of emergency.

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