The nationalities of 22 seamen killed when a South Korean trawler sank in icy waters off Antarctica were released Wednesday.
A South Korean trawler sank in icy waters off Antarctica Monday Photo: Reuters
The dead crewmen from the deep-sea trawler No. 1 Insung were seven South Koreans, seven Indonesians, four Chinese and four Vietnamese, Maritime New Zealand said.
It said the bodies of two Koreans, two Indonesians and a Vietnamese were recovered by another South Korean vessel shortly after the trawler sank early on Monday, while the other 17 were lost in the freezing Southern Ocean.
No reason has yet been established for the sinking, although the boat's owners say it went down in less than 30 minutes and may have collided with an iceberg.
Maritime NZ said the trawler sank so quickly it did not send a mayday and the crew had could not put on protective gear before they plunged into the freezing waters, meaning they would have died after two hours.
The remote location of the accident meant rescue coordinators in New Zealand, more than 1,500 nautical miles away, had no opportunity to mount a major search operation and efforts to find the men were abandoned Tuesday.