By Steve Dellar  |  12-03-2017   News
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The South Korean coast guard had the unfortunate task of reporting the loss of life of 13 people after a fishing boat collided with a tanker just off the South Korean west coast on Sunday.

The Seonchang-1 fishing boat was carrying 20 passengers on a fishing tour as well as two sailors when it collided with a 336 tonne fuel tanker near the port of the city of Incheon, some 20 kilometres to the west of the South Korean capital Seoul.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A South Korean fishing boat collided with a refueling vessel on Sunday morning, leading to eight deaths, according to the country’s coast guard. <a href="https://t.co/4S9xnWsjwP">pic.twitter.com/4S9xnWsjwP</a></p>&mdash; Tom Kott (@Xuzhiqin16) <a href="https://twitter.com/Xuzhiqin16/status/937178815738056704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 December 2017</a></blockquote>

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As said, so far thirteen people died either on the ship or after having been transported to hospital. Meanwhile, two sailors, one of whom is the captain of the Seonchang 1, still remain missing.

On the tanker meanwhile, no injuries or even casualties have been reported among the passengers on board.

South Korean spectators watched on TV as the fishing boat was slowly sinking beneath the churning waves whilst rescue divers were frantically searching around the deck. The capsized vessel was still visible above the water.

According to those on board, all of the fishing boat’s passengers were wearing life jackets, but it is feared that many suffered from hypothermia due to the cold waters of the Incheon sea.

The cabinet of President Moon Jae-in said he was following rescue operations and has now ordered all measures be taken to find those still missing.

Unfortunately, such deadly accidents involving fishing tour boats are not an exception in South Korea. Back in September 2015, 15 people died when another fishing tour boat capsized near the southern resort island of Jeju.

Source:

http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/four-dead-in-south-korea-boat-capsize/news-story/d4acbc6f8fc9b1ab965b818adaac2d52

South Korean Ships Collide: 13 Dead

The South Korean coast guard had the unfortunate task of reporting the loss of life of 13 people after a fishing boat collided with a tanker just off the South Korean west coast on Sunday.

The Seonchang-1 fishing boat was carrying 20 passengers on a fishing tour as well as two sailors when it collided with a 336 tonne fuel tanker near the port of the city of Incheon, some 20 kilometres to the west of the South Korean capital Seoul.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A South Korean fishing boat collided with a refueling vessel on Sunday morning, leading to eight deaths, according to the country’s coast guard. <a href="https://t.co/4S9xnWsjwP">pic.twitter.com/4S9xnWsjwP</a></p>&mdash; Tom Kott (@Xuzhiqin16) <a href="https://twitter.com/Xuzhiqin16/status/937178815738056704?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 December 2017</a></blockquote>

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As said, so far thirteen people died either on the ship or after having been transported to hospital. Meanwhile, two sailors, one of whom is the captain of the Seonchang 1, still remain missing.

On the tanker meanwhile, no injuries or even casualties have been reported among the passengers on board.

South Korean spectators watched on TV as the fishing boat was slowly sinking beneath the churning waves whilst rescue divers were frantically searching around the deck. The capsized vessel was still visible above the water.

According to those on board, all of the fishing boat’s passengers were wearing life jackets, but it is feared that many suffered from hypothermia due to the cold waters of the Incheon sea.

The cabinet of President Moon Jae-in said he was following rescue operations and has now ordered all measures be taken to find those still missing.

Unfortunately, such deadly accidents involving fishing tour boats are not an exception in South Korea. Back in September 2015, 15 people died when another fishing tour boat capsized near the southern resort island of Jeju.

Source:

http://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/four-dead-in-south-korea-boat-capsize/news-story/d4acbc6f8fc9b1ab965b818adaac2d52

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Shipping lanes are becoming more and more crowded.

Right now PYEONGTAEK (SK West Coast Port) has 109 ships docked loading or unloading and 57 ships arriving.

BUSAN (SK East Coast Port) has 258 sitting in port and 206 arriving. Accidents are going to happen with this much traffic and given the fact these massive ships take 5 to 6 miles to stop and mile to maneuver.

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