A South Korean Navy sailor was killed while four others were injured as the ship they had been serving on was docking on Friday, May 24.
The Chungmugong Yi Sun sin class destroyer ROKS CHOE YOUNG DDH 981 had arrived at the naval base in Chinhae (Jinhae) from an anti piracy mission in Somalia and was being secured to the dock when one of its mooring lines snapped as it was being tightened.
The snapping of the rope killed one sailor, who has been identified as a petty officer second class, and left four others with non life threatening injuries. One of the injured sailors has since returned to duty while the remaining three remain in hospital.
The South Korean Navy, which has launched an investigation into the incident, said that foul play is not suspected.
During the Libyan Civil War in 2011 the destroyer was diverted from anti piracy operations in Somalia waters to evacuate South Korean nationals stranded in Libya. She successfully evacuated 32 South Korean nationals on 4th March and entered Valletta, Malta. Upon her departure she remained on standby near Libyan waters to support further evacuation efforts
All images are during her maiden call to Valletta back in March 2011.
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