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Boat fire kills 5 Indonesians, 1 S. Korean fisherman

All Headlines 14:21 March 24, 2014

JEJU, South Korea, March 24 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean fishing boat caught fire and sank in waters off the country's southern island of Jeju on Monday, killing six and leaving one missing, the coast guard said.

The dead include five Indonesians and a South Korean fisherman, while two South Koreans, including the 37-year-old captain surnamed Kim, were rescued, the coast guard said in a statement.

The 38-ton Seongil carrying nine fishermen -- five Indonesians and four South Koreans -- caught fire in waters 108 kilometers southwest of Jeju Island at about 4:55 a.m., the coast guard officials said.

The boat sank roughly two hours and 20 minutes after being burned down, they said, adding that the cause of the fire has yet to be investigated.

The coast guard said it has dispatched patrol boats and aircraft to the scene to search for the missing in cooperation with other fishing boats.

The boat departed from Jeju port on the resort island on Friday and planned to return on April 5, according to the coast guard.

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