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5 dead, 18 rescued after typhoon Boleven sinks Chinese boats off S. Korea

(People's Daily Online)

15:59, August 28, 2012

Beijing, Aug. 28 (People’s Daily Online) -- Five Chinese fishermen are confirmed dead and 18 others are rescued after a powerful typhoon sank two Chinese fishing boats with 34 crew members in South Korean waters early yesterday morning, according to CCTV.

Two fishing boats named "Yuejiangchengyu" No. 91104 and No. 91105 capsized around 2:40 a.m. on August 28 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.

Currently, the Chinese Consulate is maintaining close contact with local police in regards of search and rescue effort.

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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