Only two out of 24 crew rescued after majority carrier, which is roughly the same size as 100 tennis tribunals, vanishes carrying iron ore from Brazil to China

A South Korean cargo vessel is missing after constructing its last contact in the South Atlantic about 2,500 km( 1,500 miles) from shore and 22 crew members are unaccounted for.

Two Filipino crew members have been rescued swimming in a life raft on Saturday, but other lifeboats and rafts found in the area were empty, South Koreas Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday.

A search functioning is continuing for the 22 people, a South Korean foreign ministry official in Seoul said by telephone, adding eight of the missing are South Korean nationals and 14 are Filipinos.

South Korea has requested Brazil and Uruguay to aid in the search and salvage, the official mentioned asking not to be identified.

The very large ore carrier( VLOC) Stellar Daisy is owned and operated by South Koreas Polaris Shipping based in Busan and was sailing from Brazil to China carrying iron ore where reference is mailed a distress signal to the ship operator on Friday, Yonhap said.

The ship is 321 m long and 58 m broad or roughly the same size as 100 tennis tribunals. It can carry 266,141 million tonnes shipment safely.

A message last received on Friday by Polaris from a crew member said the ship was taking in water on the port side and was listing rapidly, Yonhap said.

Reuters contributed to this report

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