The 24-ton vessel capsized in waters off Sinan County, South Jeolla Province late last night, according to the interior ministry.
Rescuers are searching for nine people missing after a fishing boat capsized off South Korea’s southwestern coast, authorities said today.
The 24-ton vessel capsized in waters off Sinan County, South Jeolla Province late last night, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
Three members of the fishing vessel’s crew were rescued by a ship near the wreck, but the fate of nine others – including two foreigners – is still unknown, the ministry added in the statement it issued.
More than ten warships and three aircraft of the Coast Guard and the Navy are conducting searches for the missing, the same source said.
Most of the crew members were believed to have left the ship before it capsized, Yonhap news agency quoted Interior Minister Lee Sang-min as saying.
South Korean President Yun Suk-geol called for an all-out effort in search and rescue operations and ordered “all available resources” to be mobilized to expand the search zone, his office said.
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