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Fishing boat capsizes in South Korea, killing eight

Published: December 03, 2017 10:20:59 | Updated: December 04, 2017 19:47:52


Reuters file photo used for representation.

A South Korean fishing boat capsized off the country’s western coast on Sunday after it collided with a refueling vessel, killing eight people.

The boat was carrying two sailors and 20 passengers when the collision occurred in waters near Incheon west of Seoul, Reuters news agency reported, citing South Korea’s coast guard officials.  

Two people remain missing and a search and rescue operation involving five helicopters and 19 vessels is underway.

President Moon Jae-in ordered all measures be taken to find those missing, his office told reporters.

Those rescued from the water have been sent to nearby hospitals, the coast guard said.

The reason for the collision has yet to be confirmed, according to the coast guard.

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