By Mei Jingya, Sina English
In response to South Korea’s local media reports that Chinese fishermen were operating in S.Korean territorial waters before their boats capsized, China’s consulate in Jeju Island dismissed the charge and said the two fishing boats were simply trying to take shelter in a port on Jeju.
Yonhap news agency said the Chinese ships were sailing toward a port in Seogwipo city when they hit the rock while braving Typhoon Bolaven.
Tragedy: 5 dead, 18 rescued after Chinese fishing boats sank off S.Korea
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.
After being informed by the ROK about the sinking of the boats, officials from the Chinese consulate-general in Jeju immediately went to the site and worked closely with the ROK to rescue the fishermen, said Chen.
The officials also visited the injured fishermen in the hospital, he added.
China has sent a rescue vessel to Jeju Island to help with the rescue, said Miao Rongbing from the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center.
"China’s professional rescue vessel Donghaijiu 115 is heading to Jeju Island, and it is due to arrive in the waters on Wednesday morning," he said.
Miao urged merchant ships in nearby waters to take part in the rescue work, as further rescue efforts are still badly needed.
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