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(LEAD) One dead, two missing after fishing boat capsizes off southern coast

National 10:13 January 11, 2019

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TONGYEONG, South Korea, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- A fishing boat carrying 14 people overturned off the country's southern coast Friday, leaving one person dead, two missing and two others unconscious, authorities said.

The 9.77-ton Mujeok, carrying the captain, a sailor and 12 anglers, capsized in waters about 80 kilometers south of Yokji Island at around 5 a.m., according to the Coast Guard.

The island is located near the coastal city of Tongyeong, about 330 km south of Seoul.

Twelve of those on board the leisure fishing vessel, including three who were found unconscious, were recovered and sent to a hospital in Yeosu. One of those found unconscious later died.

Search operations are under way to find the missing two, the authorities said.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon issued an emergency order to make all-out efforts to search for the missing people, according to his office.

Lee called for a mobilization of all available resources for the rescue operation and provision of proper medical services to the injured.

This photo, provided by the Coast Guard on Jan. 11, 2019, shows rescue operations under way for passengers aboard a leisure fishing boat that overturned off South Korea's southern coast. (Yonhap)

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