At least 13 people are dead and two others missing after a fishing boat capsized in South Korea on Sunday.
(Yun Tae-hyun / Yonhap via AP)
At least 13 people were killed and two missing on Sunday after a South Korean fishing boat collided with a refueling vessel and overturned, the coast guard said.
A Korean Coast Guard official said that seven people were rescued and two missing persons included the captain of the ship. He said 22 people were on board the 9.8-tonne fishing boat that capsized after colliding with the 336-ton vessel in waters off the port city of Incheon.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules. The refueling vessel was not damaged.
President Moon Jae-in ordered the authorities to deploy as many helicopters and other aircraft as possible to search for the missing, according to his office.
The Coast Guard officer said that 19 coastguards and naval vessels and five aircraft, including helicopters, were sent to the site. The authorities interrogated the crew of the refueling vessel to determine the cause of the collision.
South Korea has suffered significant maritime accidents in recent years, including the sinking in 2014 of a ferry that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren. . More than 50 fishermen died or disappeared months later, when their vessel sank in the Bering Sea.