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3 dead and 2 missing in fishing boat collision in Tongyeong

욕지도 낚시어선 전복…3명 사망, 2명 실종

3 dead and 2 missing in fishing boat collision in Tongyeong

 

A 9.77-ton fishing boat, Mujeok, carrying 14 people including the captain, a sailor and 12 anglers, capsized after running into a 3,000-ton cargo ship in waters about 80 kilometers south of Yokji Island in Gyeongsangnamdo at around 5 a.m. on Friday.

 

According to the Coast Guard, the accident left 3 people dead and 2 missing.

 

Two of the deceased were found unconscious and later pronounced dead. Another person sent to a hospital in critical condition also died. The surviving nine were rescued and transported to a nearby port.

 

Search operations are under way to find the 2 missing people.

 

The Coast Guard confirmed that the accident was caused by a collision with  a Panama-registered cargo vessel.

 

The cargo vessel that was carrying LNG from Ulsan to China is currently being escorted to Tongyeong Port for further investigation.

 

The Mujeok departed from Yeosu, Jeollanamdo on Thursday for hairtail fishing and is presumed to have been on its way back home.

 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Lee Nak Yon issued an emergency order to make all-out efforts to search for the missing people.

 

Jeonnam Governor Kim Yeong Rok also pledged the utmost effort into dealing with the accident in cooperation with Yeosu.

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