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5 dead, 18 rescued after Chinese fishing boats sank off S.Korea

2012-08-28 05:08:41 GMT2012-08-28 13:08:41(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Two Chinese fishing boats are seen before sinking off South Korea's southern island of Jeju due to a raging typhoon Tuesday.(Xinhua photo)

Two Chinese fishing boats are seen before sinking off South Korea's southern island of Jeju due to a raging typhoon Tuesday.(Xinhua photo)(Xinhua photo)

Two Chinese fishing boats are seen before sinking off South Korea's southern island of Jeju due to a raging typhoon Tuesday.(Xinhua photo)(Xinhua photo)

South Korean coast guards help rescue Chinese fishermen after their boats sink.(Xinhua photo)

South Korean coast guards help rescue Chinese fishermen after their boats sink.(Xinhua photo)(Xinhua photo)

South Korean coast guards help rescue Chinese fishermen after their boats sink.(Xinhua photo)(Xinhua photo)

Two Chinese fishing boats are seen before sinking off South Korea's southern island of Jeju due to a raging typhoon Tuesday.

A total of 18 people have been rescued, with 5 killed, as two Chinese fishing boats sank off South Korea's southern island of Jeju due to a raging typhoon Tuesday.

Chinese consulate in Jeju island confirmed the report. A total of 33 crew members were aboard the two vessels, when they capsized in waters about 1.8 kilometers from the port of Hwasun in Jeju's Seogwipo around 2:40 a.m. amid gale-force winds and high waves caused by Typhoon Bolaven, officials said.

The accidents became known to authorities as two crew members reported them after coming ashore.

They were taken to a hospital as one of them sustained serious injuries and the other complained of difficulty breathing.

The vessels, "Yuejiangchengyu" No. 91104 and No. 91105, are both from Weihai city of East China's Shandong province.

The Jeju-based Chinese Consulate is maintaining close contact with local police in search and rescue efforts.

A typhoon alert was issued in waters off the southern resort island early Monday morning. Schools there were closed and flight services canceled.

(Agencies)

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