[Anchor Lead]A search is underway in the south Atlantic for the missing crew members of the Korean Stellar Daisy cargo ship. So far only two Filipino sailors have been rescued, while the whereabouts of other crew members, including 8 Korean nationals, remain unknown.[Pkg]A Brazilian transport plane sent at the request of the Korean government to search for the missing crew members of the Stellar Daisy arrived at the accident site yesterday afternoon. It is now conducting a search mission with four commercial vessels. Also, a Brazilian Navy destroyer equipped with a rescue helicopter and three other commercial vessels are sailing toward the accident site to join the search. Earlier, two Filipino sailors on a life raft were rescued, but the remaining 22 crew members, including 8 Koreans, are still missing. Based on the surviving sailors' accounts, the government and the ship owner presume that the cargo ship sank quickly after the seawater flooded in.[Soundbite] Jeong Won-hwa(Exec. Dir., Polaris Shipping) : "The survivors saw cracks in the hull through which a lot of seawater flooded in. Then the ship sank."Families of the missing sailors desperately awaiting news of their survival have raised suspicions about the ship owner's late response. They claim that although Polaris Shipping immediately received distress signals from the Sellar Daisy, it reported the call to the Coast Guard about 9 hours later.[Soundbite] (Family of a Missing Sailor (Voice modified)) : "Is it important to find a sunken ship? Isn't it more urgent to first find out whether there are survivors and try to rescue them?"The families also said that the vessel was too old, claiming it had suffered frequent breakdowns and caused trouble for the crew. But the ship owner refuted the claim by saying that the vessel underwent multiple tests and showed no problems.
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