RoK rescuers comb waters for missing VN sailors
March, 07/2016 - 11:31
SEOUL (VNS) — Republic of Korean (RoK) rescue forces yesterday entered the fourth day scouring the country’s waters for six Vietnamese sailors who remained missing after their fishing boat was found capsized about 110km east of Homigot port last Thursday.
The Vietnamese sailors were sent to the RoK by Viet Nam’s International Manpower Supply and Trade JSC and the Tourist, Trade and Labour Export JSC, according to Pohang’s coast guards.
Pohang city coast guards said 10 specialised coast guard vessels from nearby cities Pohang, Ulsan and Busan, along with two fisheries vessels and three aircraft have been deployed in the search.
However, unfavourable weather conditions yesterday impeded search efforts. By 11am rescuers had not discovered any trace of the missing Vietnamese, according to Pohang’s coast guards.
The search area was from where the last signal of the capsized ship Dongkyeong 201 was detected, which is about 28km east of Pohang’s Wonpo port, to the place the shipwreck was found.
Rescuers said the missing people were likely to have drifted far from the Dongkyeong 201.
As of 4pm on Saturday, the coast guards finished searching within the ship and began to drag it to Guryongpo port in Pohang to investigate the cause of the incident.
The 29-tonne Dongkyeong 201 lost communication with the city’s fisheries information control centre at 9:30pm on February 29 (local time) after departing from Chuksan port, Yoengdeok District in Kyeongbuk Province at 2pm a day earlier.
A Korean captain, 47, and six Vietnamese crewmen were on board.
The fishing vessel was found capsized in Japanese waters at noon Thursday. Later the same day, a body was found which is believed to be the Korean captain. —VNS