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Seven missing after fishing boat capsizes in South Korea

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Seoul, March 9

Seven people went missing after a fishing boat capsized off the southern coastal city of Tongyeong in South Korea on Saturday, the Coast Guard said.

Two South Koreans and seven Indonesians were aboard the 29-ton vessel when it overturned in waters 68 kilometers south of an island in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, at 6:29 a.m., according to officials, Yonhap news agency reported.

Rescue operations are under way after a 29-ton fishing vessel capsized in waters off the southern coastal city of Tongyeong.

Two crew members were later found unconscious inside the vessel, and have been sent to a hospital, they said.

The nationalities of the rescued crew members were not immediately known.

The officials said 11 Coast Guard patrol vessels, two Navy vessels and five helicopters are conducting a search operation at the accident site.

The capsized boat had departed the southern resort island of Jeju at 10:36 a.m. on Thursday.

Details are awaited.

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