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5 killed, 6 missing after S. Korean cargo ship explodes

(Xinhua)

09:05, January 16, 2012

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- A South Korean cargo ship sank after an explosion in waters off the country's northwestern port city of Incheon on Sunday, leaving five sailors dead and six others missing, local media reported.

The explosion on the "Dura 3" took place about three miles north of Jawol Island near Incheon at around 8:05 a.m. local time, shortly after the cargo ship left the port, the Coast Guard said.

The freighter was returning to Daesan port in South Chungcheong province after unloading 6,500 tons of gasoline at Incheon port.

A total of 16 crew members were on aboard the 4,191-ton cargo ship, including 11 South Koreans and 5 Burmese. Five crew members were rescued by Coast Guard patrol boats.

The cause of the blast is yet to be determined, but the Coast Guard said the explosion was not caused by any attack.

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