13 dead after fishing boat capsizes off S. Korean coast

A crane vessel is working to retrieve a 9.77-tonne chartered fishing boat that capsized and sank due to a collision with a 336-tonne tanker on seas near Yeongheung Island, the western port city of Incheon, South Korea, on Sunday. (EPA photo)

Thirteen people were killed and two are missing after a fishing boat with 22 people aboard collided with a tanker and capsized off the west coast of South Korea on Sunday, local media quoted the coast guard as reporting.

The 9.77-tonne boat capsized after colliding around 6.12am with the 336-tonne refuelling vessel in waters near Yeongheung Island, Yonhap News Agency said.

The collision apparently occurred immediately after the fishing boat left port.

President Moon Jae In has reportedly ordered an all-out search and rescue operation involving helicopters and vessels in the area.

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