The body of another passenger missing from a capsized fishing boat was recovered Wednesday on an island off South Korea's southern coast near the site of the accident, raising the death toll to 13, Coast Guard officials said.
The body, which was found washed up on the coast of Chuja Island at around 7:20 a.m. by a local resident, was identified as that of a 44-year-old man surnamed Lee, according to the Korea Coast Guard. The island is located about halfway between the mainland and the southern resort island of Jeju.
The body was transferred to a hospital on Jeju Island and went through the process to confirm the identity.
Later in the day, the Coast Guard discovered another body that could possibly be a missing male passenger, about 7 kilometers southeast of the same island.
It also sent the body to the hospital for further examination, it added.
The 9.77-ton Dolphin capsized on Sept. 5 in waters north of Jeju. Three were rescued by another fishing boat on the next day.
Five others are still missing. (Yonhap)