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Rescue workers resume search for 2 missing in deadly capsizing of fishing boat

By Yonhap
  • Published : Jan 12, 2019 - 10:11
  • Updated : Jan 12, 2019 - 11:54

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TONGYEONG, (Yonhap) -- Rescue workers resumed their search Saturday for two people missing in the deadly capsizing of a fishing boat off the country's southern coast, authorities said.

The 9.77-ton Mujeok, carrying the captain, a sailor and 12 anglers, capsized after running into a 3,000-ton cargo ship in waters about 80 kilometers south of Yokji Island at around 5 a.m. Friday, leaving three people dead and two missing, according to the Coast Guard.

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

Two of them, including the 57-year-old captain, surnamed Choi, were found unconscious and were later pronounced dead. Another person sent to a hospital in critical condition also died. Two others are missing.

The remaining nine were rescued safely and transported to a nearby port, the authorities said.

The Coast Guard said search operations have been intensified by deploying 19 ships and five airplanes with some 450 personnel to find the missing people.