South Korean Fishing Boat Capsizes, 13 Causalities Reported

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At least 13 people have been killed after a South Korean fishing boat collided with a refuelling vessel and capsized, the coastguard said on Sunday.

So far, seven people have been rescued by the coastguard, but two others were missing, including the boat’s captain.

There were 22 people on the 9.8-ton fishing boat, which capsized after colliding with the 336-ton refuelling vessel in waters off the port city of Incheon. The refuelling vessel did not suffer damage.

South Korean coastguard members search for missing people after the collision. (Image Courtesy: AFP)

The president, Moon Jae-in, ordered authorities to deploy as many helicopters and other aircraft as possible to search for the missing.

Coastguard sources said that 19 coastguard and naval vessels and five aircraft including helicopters had been dispatched to the site. Authorities were questioning the crew of the refuelling vessel to determine the cause of the collision.

Sea News, December 4

Baibhav Mishra
Author: Baibhav Mishra

Associate Editor, Sea News