13 people dead, 2 missing in South Korea boat mishap


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MANILA, Philippines  –  At least 13 people reportedly died after a fishing boat collided with a tanker on South Korea’s west coast on Sunday.

According to BBC, the Seonchang-1, a chartered fishing boat carrying 20 passengers and two crew, capsized after colliding with a 336-ton tanker around 6 am in Incheon.

The captain of the boat and another passenger remain missing while authorities launched a search and rescue operation to look for survivors.

All the 13 people were reportedly either found dead or have died at the hospital where they were brought after the accident. Seven of the victims were being treated for injuries.

There were no reports of casualty or injuries on those who were onboard the tanker.

Local media said all the passengers were wearing life jackets but most of the victims apparently died from hypothermia.

“There’s no specific problem related to weather conditions, sailing reports or other (pre-departure) preparations. We are investigating how the accident happened,” a local coast guard official has been quoted as telling reporters.

This article has been viewed 224 times. Article originally posted: December 3, 2017, 3:04 pm (UTC-0). Last update: December 3, 2017 at 3:04 pm (UTC-0).

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