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2018
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Bodies of two missing from capsized fishing boat found

two missing found

Rescue workers in South Korea, discovered the bodies of the two men which were missing, after a fishing vessel collided with a tanker off the west coast of Incheon, on Sunday morning, resulting in fifteen people losing their lives.

According to Yonhap news agency, the Coast Guard was cited as saying that they found the captain of the Seonchang-1 on a mudflat, 3 kilometers southwest off Incheon. 

Later, a rescue helicopter discovered the last missing person, a 57-year-old, 2.2 km southwest of where the accident occured. 

Both of them were identified by their families. 

The fishing vessel ‘Seonchang-1’ was carrying 22 people onboard, when it hit the 336-ton tanker ‘Myeongjin-15’ in Yellow Sea waters, near Yeongheung Island and capsized. As a result from the accident, 13 died, seven were rescued and sent to hospital for treatment.

Search and rescue forces had been searching the area for the two missing, with a total of 59 vessels, 15 airplanes and 59 divers mobilized offshore and some 1,380 people searched on shore, according to officials as cited by Yonhap news agency.

Local authorities are also investigating the root causes of the incident. The tanker’s Captain and one more crew member were detained for questioning on charges of professional negligence resulting in death, sources say.

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