Ship sinks near island in South Korea, 17 Vietnamese rescued


Donghae: The South Korean coast guard on Thursday rescued 17 Vietnamese sailors after the sinking of their cargo ship near the eastern island of Ulleung the day before, according to an official statement.

According to the regional coast guard office in Donghae, the 5,765-ton Panama-registered vessel carrying 18 Vietnamese crew members sank in waters 154 kilometers north of the East Sea Island around 9 h 50 Wednesday. Reportedly, the incident took place north of the northern boundary line, which de facto serves as the inter-Korean maritime border.

Seventeen of the ship’s 18 crew members escaped in a lifeboat and were recovered by the coast guard at 4:08 a.m. on Thursday as they floated 131 kilometers northeast of the South Korean island . The rest of the team were swept away and are still missing. On Wednesday, a high seas warning was issued to the region for the second day in a row.

At 4:31 p.m. on the day of the accident, the Coast Guard received an SOS signal from the vessel’s emergency location indicating a radio beacon through a local user terminal and relayed the information to the Coast Guard. Japanese.

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