Thursday 26 April 2018

At least 13 killed as fishing boat capsizes after collision with ship

South Korean Coast Guard officers stand aboard the upturned hull of the fishing boat which collided with a refuelling vessel in the waters off Incheon, South Korea Photo: South Korea Ongjin County via AP
South Korean Coast Guard officers stand aboard the upturned hull of the fishing boat which collided with a refuelling vessel in the waters off Incheon, South Korea Photo: South Korea Ongjin County via AP

Kim Tong

At least 13 people were killed and two were missing after a South Korean fishing boat collided with a refuelling ship and capsized.

Seven people were rescued and the two missing included the boat's captain, according to a coast guard spokesman. He said 22 people had been aboard the 10-tonne fishing boat that capsized after colliding with the 300-tonne refuelling vessel in waters off the port city of Incheon.

Salvage workers remove a body recovered from the wreck Photo: Yun Tae-hyun/Yonhap via AP
Salvage workers remove a body recovered from the wreck Photo: Yun Tae-hyun/Yonhap via AP

The refuelling vessel did not suffer damage.

President Moon Jae-in ordered authorities to deploy as many helicopters and other aircraft as possible to search for the missing.

The coast guard official said 19 coast guard and naval vessels and five aircraft including helicopters were dispatched to the site.

Authorities were questioning the crew of the refuelling vessel to determine the cause of the collision.

Irish Independent

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