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Search Continues for 2 Missing after South Korean Fishing Boat Capsizes

SEOUL A large South Korean rescue team resumed on Monday the search for two people missing after a South Korean boat capsized on Sunday in the Yellow Sea, killing at least 13.

In total, almost 60 boats, 15 aircraft and more than 50 divers have resumed the search operation, a spokesperson for the South Korean Coast Guard told the local news agency Yonhap.

A team of about 1,380 people has also been deployed to search the beaches near the sinking location in case the tide had swept the missing to the shore.

The incident took place on Sunday when the chartered recreational fishing boat with 22 people on board collided with a tanker weighing more than 300 tons in waters near Yeongheung Island, close to the city of Incheon.

Strong currents and low water temperature complicated the search operations, which only managed to rescue seven people so far.

The authorities have preemptively arrested the captain of the tanker and one of his crew in the event of possible negligence.

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.

 

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