10 dead after South Korean fishing boat capsizes

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 5, 2015 at 11:30 p.m.



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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ten people are reported dead and an unknown number are missing after a fishing boat capsized off South Korea's southern coast. Dozens of ships are searching the area for survivors.

The 9.8-ton boat, Dolphin, lost communication with another boat on Saturday evening and was found Sunday morning north of the resort island of Jeju. A survivor told the Yonhap news agency that the boat quickly capsized because of high waves.

It wasn't clear how many were on board, but most were passengers on a fishing trip, not professional fishermen, according to a coast guard official.

South Korea is still dealing with grief and anger over a maritime disaster last year that killed more than 300 people, mostly school children, when a ferry sank off the southern coast. Critics blamed lax government oversight and the country's poor safety culture in part for the sinking.

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