Two South Korean fishermen were found dead and seven other sailors, including two Indonesians, were missing today after their boat sank off the peninsula's west coast, South Korea's coastguard said.
The Tongyang 17, a 93-tonne South Korean trawler with nine people aboard sank in high waves near Deokjeok island off the western port of Incheon, it said.
The bodies of two South Koreans were recovered after a two-hour operation involving a helicopter and six ships, it said, adding seven other crewmen, among them two Indonesians, were still missing.
Coastguard officials said the operation had been hampered by high waves and strong winds. The boat had been operating off the west coast for three months after leaving Incheon, its home port, they said, adding it was sailing to a nearby island to seek shelter after weathermen warned of strong winds.