Fishing boat missing after searching for sailors from sunken ship
Police said they lost contact with the 99-ton boat, carrying nine people aboard, after receiving a distress signal at around 8:30 p.m. Friday in the area off the western sea border with North Korea, where the patrol ship Cheonan ship sank on March 26.
The fishing boat was among 10 vessels mobilized to find the Cheonan's 46 missing sailors. The other 58 crew members were rescued.
The maritime police and navy said that they have sent 16 patrol ships and other vessels, three helicopters and one aircraft to the scene for search and rescue operations.
The police said they were also chasing a Cambodian-registered 1,472-ton vessel sailing nearby to determine whether the two vessels had collided. They cite oil floating in waters near the scene.
The nine missing are skipper Kim Jae-hoo, 48, chief engineer Park Yon-joo, 49, Lee Yong-sang, 46, Ahn Sang-chol, 41, Kim Jong-pyong, 55, Chung Bong-jo, 49, Huh Suk-hee, 33, Yusuf Haaefa, 35, and Cambang Nurcahyo, 36. [Yonhap]