As we noted on Twitter and LinkedIn on Friday, the cable ship Responder caught fire off the coast of South Korea.  The ship sank during the firefighting effort.

The Responder, managed by KT Submarine Co., sank on September 12 near Tsushima Island in the East China Sea, 12 hours after it caught fire.  All of the 60 people on board were rescued, reportedly by another cable ship that was working with the Responder at the time.  The cause of the fire is unknown and authorities are investigating. 

Based on the news reports that are available at this time, it is unclear if the Responder was engaged in a cable-laying operation, but the presence of another cable ship nearby indicates that it may have been. 

Here is some dramatic video of the ship sinking.