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[Newsmaker] 3 dead, 2 missing in fishing boat collision

A fishing boat carrying 14 people overturned after colliding with a cargo vessel off the country's southern coast, leaving three people dead and two missing, authorities said Friday.

The 9.77-ton Mujeok, carrying 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 at around 5 a.m., according to the Coast Guard.


The island is located near the coastal city of Tongyeong, about 330 km south of Seoul.

Two of them, including the 57-year-old captain, surnamed Choi, were found unconscious and were later pronounced dead. Another person sent to a hospital in critical condition also died. Two others are missing.

The remaining nine were rescued safely and transported to a nearby port, the authorities said.

Search operations are under way to find the missing people.

The Coast Guard confirmed that the accident was due to a collision with the Panama-registered cargo vessel, which is being currently sent to Tongyeong Port under escort for further investigation.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon issued an emergency order to make all-out efforts to search for the missing people, according to his office.

Lee called for a mobilization of all available resources for the rescue operation and provision of proper medical services to the injured. (Yonhap)