13 die in fishing boat collision near Incheon

Source:AFP Published: 2017/12/3 23:28:40

Thirteen people were killed and two were missing after a fishing boat collided with a tanker off South Korea's west coast and capsized early Sunday, the country's coast guard said.

The Seonchang-1 fishing boat was carrying 20 passengers on a fishing tour when it crashed with the 336-ton fuel tanker at around 6 am at sea near the port city of Incheon.

Seven people were being treated at hospitals while two others - including the captain of the boat  - remained missing, according to the coast guard statement.

No casualties were reported among those on board the tanker.

TV footage showed the fishing boat sinking beneath churning waves while rescue divers searched around the deck.   

All of the passengers were wearing life jackets but many appeared to have suffered hypothermia, Seoul's Yonhap news agency said.

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