Search for missing as boat capsizes off South Korea

6 February 2023
2023-02-06 10:56

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. The coast guard from the southwestern port city of Mokpo said that three crew members were rescued by a nearby commercial vessel following the accident late on Saturday in waters near Daebichi Island in the sea county of Sinan.

The Ministry of the Interior and Safety said seven of the missing was South Korean nationals and the two others were foreigners, but it didn’t immediately confirm their nationalities. More than 30 coast guard vessels and at least eight coast guard and military aircraft were searching the area on Sunday afternoon.South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol called for officials to mobilise “all available resources” to widen the search and also to provide support to the families of the missing fishermen, his office said.

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