Twenty-two feared dead as trawler sinks

Associated Press
Tuesday 14 December 2010 01:00

A South Korean fishing boat sank in the Southern Ocean's frigid waters yesterday, with 22 sailors feared killed in the open sea where vessels trawl for deep-water fish.

Five sailors were confirmed dead and 20 survivors were rescued shortly after the 614-tonne vessel went down some 1,400 miles south of New Zealand, about halfway to Antarctica. South Korea's Foreign Ministry said 17 sailors were missing. Anyone who fell into such waters would typically be dead in 10 minutes without protective suits and lifejackets.

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