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(2nd LD) Four dead, five missing in fishing boat accident

All News 10:45 December 03, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with death toll, President's Moon's instruction; CHANGES headline; ADDS photos)

INCHEON, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean fishing vessel capsized off the coast of Incheon, west of Seoul, on Sunday, resulting in the deaths of at least four people and leaving five others missing, according to the Korea Coast Guard.

The 9.77-ton boat, carrying two crew members and 20 passengers, collided with a 336-ton tanker in the waters near Yeongheung Island at around 6:12 a.m.

Four people were dead as of 10:30 a.m., with five others still missing, said Coast Guard officials.

President Moon Jae-in ordered all-out search and rescue operations, his office Cheong Wa Dae announced.

He received a briefing on the accident at around 7:01 a.m. and issued the order, it said.

Coast Guard officials conduct rescue operations in waters near Yeongheung Island in the Yellow Sea on Dec. 3, 3017, in this photo provided by the Korea Coast Guard. (Yonhap)

Authorities have mobilized four helicopters and 14 boats for the operation.

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries launched a task force to handle the accident.

"Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is under way for the rescued," a ministry official said. "We are trying to confirm their exact health conditions."

Coast Guard officials carry the body of a victim of the fishing boat accident that happened near Incheon on Dec. 3, 2017. (Yonhap)


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