31 Chinese fishermen missing as typhoon hits S Korea

Published Aug 28, 2012 05:06am

Two Chinese fishing boats are seen off a port in Seogwipo on Jeju Island, south of Seoul in this picture taken August 27, 2012. Twenty-eight crew members were missing after two Chinese fishing boats sank off Jeju Island due to Typhoon Bolaven on Tuesday, according to reports from Yonhap quoting Coast Guard officials. A total of 34 crew members were on board the two vessels, 17 each, when they capsized in waters off the port of Hwasun in Seogwipo early Tuesday, amid gale-force winds and high waves caused by the typhoon. Picture taken August 27, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Ho-Chon/Yonhap (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER MARITIME) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
Two Chinese fishing boats are seen off a port in Seogwipo on Jeju Island, south of Seoul in this picture taken August 27, 2012.       — Photo by Reuters

SEOUL: More than 30 Chinese fishermen were missing after two boats sank Tuesday when a strong typhoon hit South Korea, coastguard officers said.

A total of 31 crew members were aboard the boats which went down in gale-force winds and high waves off the southern island of Jeju, they said.

An earlier report by the Yonhap news agency had placed the figure at 34.

The state weather agency issued a typhoon warning early Tuesday for Seoul, the capital of about 10 million people, as the storm named Bolaven continued moving northwards.

The typhoon brought heavy rain and strong winds to southern and western areas of the country, cutting power and bringing down street lights and church spires.

Schools in Jeju were closed or reduced classes Monday and many schools in other provinces were to be closed Tuesday, Yonhap reported.

The US and South Korean military called a temporary halt to a large-scale joint military exercise that began last week, the news agency said.


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