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Fire breaks out on vessel in RoK waters with 10 Vietnamese on board

FRIDAY, 11/09/2020 21:22:25

All 60 crew members, comprising 49 Korean nationals, 10 Vietnamese, and one Italian, were evacuated on a tugboat about 12 minutes after the fire broke out.


Firefighters put out the flames on the vessel. Photo: Yonhap

A fire broke out on a vessel with 10 Vietnamese on board in waters off Tongyeong city in the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s southern province of Gyeongnam at around 3.50 am on September 11, according to the Korea Coast Guard.

The commander of the vessel appealed for urgent help from the maritime traffic control centre.

All 60 crew members, comprising 49 Korean nationals, 10 Vietnamese, and one Italian, were evacuated on a tugboat about 12 minutes after the fire broke out.

None suffered serious injuries but seven were hospitalised with smoke inhalation.

The Tongyeong coast guard deployed 16 ships and helicopters to put out the flames.

The fire began when crew members were laying submarine cables connecting Busan city with Jeju Island.

The Korea Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started near the engine room.

VNA

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