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4 dead, 11 missing after typhoon Boleven sinks Chinese boats off S. Korea

(Xinhua)

14:45, August 28, 2012

Photo released by Seogwipo Police on Aug. 28, 2012 shows South Korean police trying to rescue Chinese fishermen on Jeju Island, South Korea. Four Chinese fishermen are confirmed dead and eleven others are still unaccounted for after a powerful typhoon sank their fishing boats in South Korean waters early Tuesday morning. (Xinhua)

SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Four Chinese fishermen are confirmed dead and eleven others are still unaccounted for after a powerful typhoon sank their fishing boats in South Korean waters early Tuesday morning.

Two fishing boats capsized around 2:40 a.m. local time in waters about 1.8 kilometers from the Hwasun port in Jeju's Seoguipo city due to heavy winds and high waves unleashed by Typhoon Boleven.

Two crew members swam ashore and reported the accident to authorities, and sixteen others were rescued later by South Korean coast guard officials. Four were found dead, putting the number of those missing at 11.

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.
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