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(3rd LD) Seven dead, two missing in chartered fishing boat accident

All News 11:33 December 03, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES death toll in lead paras)

INCHEON, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- Seven people were killed Sunday as a South Korean chartered fishing vessel capsized off the coast of Incheon, west of Seoul, the Korea Coast Guard said.

Two people remain missing, with six others still unconscious, it added.

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.

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 ill-fated chartered fishing boat accident that happened near Incheon on Dec. 3, 2017. (Yonhap)


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