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3 dead, 2 missing in chartered fishing boat accident

13:05, Sunday, 03 December, 2017
3 dead, 2 missing in chartered fishing boat accident

The death toll from a collision between a chartered fishing boat and a tanker off the coast of Incheon, west of Seoul, rose to 13 on Sunday, with two others still missing, according to the Korea Coast Guard.

The 9.77-ton South Korean vessel was carrying two crew members and 20 passengers when it hit the 336-ton tanker in the waters near Yeongheung Island at around 6:12 a.m. and capsized.

The number of dead, injured and missing are as of 1 p.m., a Coast Guard official said.

President Moon Jae-in received a briefing on the accident less than an hour after the incident and ordered all-out search and rescue operations, his office Cheong Wa Dae announced.

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