SEOUL – At least 13 people have died and two were missing on Sunday after a South Korean chartered recreational fishing boat capsized off the coast of the western city of Incheon, according to the Korea Coast Guard.
The vessel, weighing more than 9 tons and with 20 people on board, collided with a tanker weighing more than 300 tons in the waters near Yeongheung Island at around 6:10 am (2110 GMT Saturday).
The incident has so far left 13 people dead and two missing amid strong currents and low water temperature during this time of the year, according to coastguard spokespeople cited by Yonhap news agency.
The South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that six fishermen, who were found unconscious, were undergoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
President Moon Jae-in ordered the deployment of four helicopters and 14 boats to locate the missing people, his office said in a statement.
The incident is reminiscent of the South Korean ferry Sewol, which sank in 2014, killing 304 people, mostly secondary school students.
The Sewol incident was blamed upon the negligence of the captain, who was later sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, and the company owning it. It also highlighted an inadequate response by South Korean authorities in rescue operations.