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(3rd LD) 3 dead, 2 missing in fishing boat collision

14:13 January 11, 2019

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TONGYEONG, South Korea, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- A fishing boat carrying 14 people overturned after colliding with a cargo vessel off the country's southern coast, leaving three people dead and two missing, authorities said Friday.

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., 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 transported to a nearby port, the authorities said.

Search operations are under way to find the missing people.

The Coast Guard confirmed that the accident was due to a collision with the Panama-registered cargo vessel, which is being currently sent to Tongyeong Port under escort for further investigation.

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.

This photo, provided by the Coast Guard on Jan. 11, 2019, shows rescue operations under way for passengers aboard a leisure fishing boat that overturned off South Korea's southern coast. (Yonhap)

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