fishing boat catching fire,Jeju island,one person dead,11 other unaccounted for,Six Vietnamese fishermen missing,Korean maritime police,crew members

A fire breaks out on the 29-tonne fishing boat at around 7:09 a.m. offshore Jeju Island. (Photo: Yonhap)

The Vietnamese nationals include Nguyen Van Cong (born in 1987), Nguyen Ngoc Loi (1995), Nguyen Tien Ninh (1987), Nguyen Van Thuy (1994), Nguyen Van Phuc (1988) and Nguyen Van Vien (1974), according to the Vietnam Labour Management Board in the RoK.

A fire broke out on the 29-tonne fishing boat at around 7:09 a.m. in waters some 76 kilometers west of a small island that is located near Jeju Island, according to the Korean maritime police.

 

Rescue workers found one of the crew members at a location 7.4 km south of the accident site.

The 60-year-old Korean surnamed Kim, who was found without a life vest, was airlifted to a hospital on the island but was confirmed dead. No signs of breathing or pulse were detected when the person was found.

Police said the crew consists of six South Koreans and six Vietnamese./.VNA