At Least Thirteen Dead In South Korea Fishing Boat Crash



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At least thirteen people were killed and two were missing after a fishing boat collided with a tanker off South Korea’s west coast and capsized early Sunday, the country’s coast guard said.

The Seonchang-1 fishing boat was carrying 20 passengers on a fishing tour as well as two sailors when it crashed with the 336-ton fuel tanker at around 6am at sea near the port city of Incheon.


Thirteen people were found dead or died after being sent to hospitals. Seven others were being treated at hospitals while two — including the captain of the boat — remained missing, according to the coast guard.

No casualties or injuries were reported among those on board the tanker.

TV footage showed the fishing boat sinking beneath churning waves while rescue divers searched around the deck, part of which was still visible above the water.


All of the passengers were wearing life jackets but many appeared to have suffered hypothermia, Seoul’s Yonhap news agency said.

Deadly accidents involving fishing tour boats often make headlines in the South.

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