South Korean officials launch search for missing ship with six aboard

Taiwanese authorities said they received distress signals from the 322-ton vessel



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By Reuters

Published: Fri 8 Apr 2022, 7:05 AM

A ship carrying six South Koreans went missing off Taiwan and a search and rescue operation is under way, Seoul’s foreign ministry said on Friday.

Taiwan authorities have informed the South Korean government that they received distress signals from the Kyoto 1 at around 9.50am (0050 GMT) on Thursday. The ministry said that all six people aboard were South Korean nationals.

The Sierra Leone-flagged, 322-ton ship was on its way to Indonesia’s Batam port from the South Korean city of Busan while towing the Kyoto 2 tender, which has been found in the area.

The ministry has launched an emergency response team and dispatched a patrol ship and helicopters to support the search operation, it added.

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In a separate accident, one of the helicopters headed to Taiwan crashed in waters off South Korea’s southernmost Mara island on Friday, killing two pilots with a third missing, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing coast guard officials.


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