11 missing from South Korean fishing boat burned by fire

Published November 19, 2019, 12:26 PM

by Patrick Garcia

 

By the Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fishing boat caught fire in South Korea’s southern waters early Tuesday, and the coast guard said a search was underway for 11 people missing.

This photo provided by the Korea Jeju Coast Guard, shows a fishing boat in a smoke in waters near the southern island of Jeju, in South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. South Korea's coast guard says about a dozen people are missing from a fishing boat that caught fire in waters near the southern island of Jeju. (Korea Jeju Coast Guard via AP)
This photo provided by the Korea Jeju Coast Guard, shows a fishing boat in a smoke in waters near the southern island of Jeju, in South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. South Korea’s coast guard says about a dozen people are missing from a fishing boat that caught fire in waters near the southern island of Jeju. (Korea Jeju Coast Guard via AP)

One fisherman had been found unconscious and not breathing in waters 7.4 kilometers (4.6 miles) south of the boat, and rescue workers were airlifting him to a hospital on the nearby island of Jeju.

The coast guard and navy were deploying boats, helicopters and a patrol plane to search the waters near Jeju island for survivors, said Lee Geun-han, an official from the coast guard in Jeju.

Rescue efforts, which also involved civilian fishing vessels, were being slowed by strong winds and large waves in the area.

Lee said the coast guard received a report about the fire at around 7 a.m. A court guard helicopter found it about an hour later, and the upper side of the boat had been burned completely.

A photo released by the coast guard showed the 29-ton boat engulfed in black smoke.

Six of the boat’s crew were South Koreans and the other six were Vietnamese, Lee said.

They departed from the mainland port of Tongyeong on Nov. 8 to catch hairtail and had planned to return to the port on Monday.

 
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11 missing from South Korean fishing boat burned by fire

Published November 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

 

By the Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fishing boat caught fire in South Korea’s southern waters early Tuesday, and the coast guard said a search was underway for 11 people missing.

This photo provided by the Korea Jeju Coast Guard, shows a fishing boat in a smoke in waters near the southern island of Jeju, in South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. South Korea's coast guard says about a dozen people are missing from a fishing boat that caught fire in waters near the southern island of Jeju. (Korea Jeju Coast Guard via AP)
This photo provided by the Korea Jeju Coast Guard, shows a fishing boat in a smoke in waters near the southern island of Jeju, in South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. South Korea’s coast guard says about a dozen people are missing from a fishing boat that caught fire in waters near the southern island of Jeju. (Korea Jeju Coast Guard via AP)

One fisherman had been found unconscious and not breathing in waters 7.4 kilometers (4.6 miles) south of the boat, and rescue workers were airlifting him to a hospital on the nearby island of Jeju.

The coast guard and navy were deploying boats, helicopters and a patrol plane to search the waters near Jeju island for survivors, said Lee Geun-han, an official from the coast guard in Jeju.

Rescue efforts, which also involved civilian fishing vessels, were being slowed by strong winds and large waves in the area.

Lee said the coast guard received a report about the fire at around 7 a.m. A court guard helicopter found it about an hour later, and the upper side of the boat had been burned completely.

A photo released by the coast guard showed the 29-ton boat engulfed in black smoke.

Six of the boat’s crew were South Koreans and the other six were Vietnamese, Lee said.

They departed from the mainland port of Tongyeong on Nov. 8 to catch hairtail and had planned to return to the port on Monday.

 
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