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Theresa May urged to help in the search for missing Stellar Daisy crew

Theresa May, the British prime minister, is being urged to help out in the ongoing search for the missing 22 crew from the sunken ore carrier Stellar Daisy.

The ship – owned by South Korea’s Polaris Shipping – developed cracks in its hull in the South Atlantic and sank on March 31 with just two crewmembers rescued. The ensuing search and rescue operation has been one of the biggest in recent maritime history.

One of missing crew’s sister, Ye Won Heo, is a UK citizen and today she has sent a letter to the British prime minister asking for support in a search operation of the St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha territories in the South Atlantic as two liferaft remain unaccounted for.

“We believe that there is still hope for the crew and that they may be within the St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha waters,” Heo wrote in the letter seen by Splash and published below.

The official accident report into the Stellar Daisy – an elderly converted ore carrier – is still being compiled by the ship’s registry, the Marshall Islands.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Thank you, any information on the search effort is valuable to me. I admit tho I’m surprised they still have hope. Not to sound pessimistic, she has a point about the Baileys. A shame that (as it looks today) very poor maintanance lost a ship that isn’t all too old, could have had more from her, and is such a behemoth. I’m very grateful they at very least found two crewmen. A more local loss for me was El Faro back in 2015. She didn’t have any survivors; all 33 lost. Always will be staying tuned in for future reports o7

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