At least nine missing after fishing boat capsizes in waters off S. Korea's Dokdo
Updated: 2021-10-20 17:33:14 KST
At least as nine people are missing after a fishing boat capsized this afternoon in waters off South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo.
For more we have Eum Ji-young on the line.
Ji-young, tell us what you know so far.
Connyoung, the South Korean Coast Guard said this afternoon that they've launched a search and rescue mission for the boat's nine crew members. They also said that they were informed by the Japanese authorities that the boat capsized at around 2:24 PM in waters 168 kilometers northeast of Dokdo.
The Coast Guard said three of the crew are South Koreans, four are Chinese and two are Indonesian.
Japan has also launched a search operation, but they're reportedly having difficulties due to the deteriorating weather conditions and waves up to four meters high.
Japan says they've only found an empty life raft.
South Korea's Coast Guard dispatched a pair of patrol ships and a helicopter, but they're not expected to reach the sinking site until around 9 or 10 PM.
Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum told officials to use every means at their disposal to rescue the crew, including any ships and planes in the area, and told the rescue teams to stay safe.
He also told the Foreign Ministry to ask for assistance in the rescue mission from neighboring countries including Japan and Russia.
That's all I have for now. Back to you Connyoung.