Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Three fishermen of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) were left missing in a collision between a South Korean ship and a DPRK boat near the inter-Korean maritime border Monday evening. The accident took place at about 6:50 p.m. (0950 GMT Monday) when South Korea's 1,538-ton Hyunsung-ho, which was on its way back after loading sand from a DPRK port, collided with a 5-ton DPRK fishing boat, the South Korean maritime police said.According to local news, only one of the four DPRK fishermen on aboard was rescued after their boat sank in the collision. South Korean maritime police said the exact cause of the collision was not yet known but there were no indications of high waves or bad weather when the accident happened. All ten of the South Korean boat crewmen were reported safe, Yonhap said.