Ro-ro cargo ferry aground, breached, passengers and crew evacuated, Chile UPDATE

Jul 8 Update: there are 15 cattle trucks on cargo deck, with 244 cattle in them. 17 already died. Authorities ordered involved parties to provide feed and water supply for cattle, and to facilitate cattle evacuation. The ship is to be refloated after completing underwater works to ensure hull integrity.

Jul 3: Ro-ro cargo ship COYHAIQUE with 19 passengers and 18 crew on board ran aground near Huichas island, Aysen region, Chile, while en route from Puerto Chacabuco to Puerto Montt, at around 0200 LT Jul 3. Reportedly, one crew or pilot died, rumored suicide. Hull was breached, engine room flooded. All passengers and crew were evacuated. The ship is having on board unknown number of vehicles.
Ro-ro cargo ship COYHAIQUE, IMO 8009026, GT 7765, built 1983, flag Chile, manager NAVIMAG CARGA SA.

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.