|A fishing boat carrying 14 people overturned off the country's southern coast Friday. Courtesy of Yongyeong Coast Guard|
A fishing boat carrying 14 people overturned off the country's southern coast Friday, leaving three people dead and two missing, while another remains 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.
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 are on their way to a nearby port, the authorities said.
Search operations are under way to find the missing people.
|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.|
Rescued sailors reportedly told the authorities that the ship may have collided with another vessel.
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. (Yonhap)