Search for missing as boat capsizes off South Korea

5 February 2023
2023-02-05 16:27

South Korean coast guard vessels and aircraft were searching on Sunday in waters off the country’s southwestern coast for nine fishermen who disappeared after their boat capsized. Three crew members were rescued by a nearby commercial vessel following the accident late on Saturday.

Survivors said the boat’s engine room had quickly filled with water before the 24-ton vessel tipped over. The Ministry of the Interior and Safety said seven of the missing were South Korean nationals and the two others were foreigners. More than 30 coast guard vessels and at least eight coast guard and military aircraft were searching the area on Sunday afternoon.

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