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(2nd LD) 2 firefighters missing on duty on river found dead

All Headlines 22:18 August 13, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with identity confirmation of second body)

GIMPO, South Korea, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- Two firefighters were found dead on Monday, a day after they went missing while on a rescue mission on the lower Han River.

Search-and-rescue teams discovered the body of one of the two missing firefighters in waters near the Ilsan Bridge in Gimpo, just northwest of Seoul in Gyeonggi Province, at about 5:17 p.m., authorities said.

The body was moved to a military guard post in Gimpo, where authorities confirmed his identity, and then to a nearby hospital.

The two officers -- only identified by their last names Oh and Shim -- went missing after their rescue boat overturned on the river at about 1:30 p.m. the previous day. They were called to rescue a private boat near a weir. The authorities suspect they were swept away by the rapid current.

"After recovering the additionally found body, we finished identifying it," an official said. "It was confirmed to be the body of Oh."

Earlier in the day, the body of Shim, the other missing firefighter, was retrieved from waters near Gimpo Bridge.

His body was moved to the same hospital where Oh's body is being held.

The private boat, which was caught by the weir at that time, was found to be a waste boat floating on the river.

Some 1,690 police and Coast Guard officers were dispatched to the scene to search for the two missing firefighters.

Their funeral will be held at a public gym in Gimpo and led by Gyeonggi Governor Lee Jae-myung, although a date has yet to be fixed, according to officials.

This photo shows the rescue boat that carried two missing firefighters being recovered from the lower Han River on Aug. 13, 2018, near Gimpo Bridge in the same city, just west of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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