Chinese Fisherman Dies After Clash With S.Korea Coastguard

19 Dec

SEOUL : One Chinese fisherman died and two others were missing after their trawler collided with a South Korean coastguard ship Saturday and capsized, officials and reports said.

Four coastguard officers were also injured as they tried to arrest the crew of the Chinese boat for illegal fishing off South Korea's Eocheong island in the Yellow Sea.

The Chinese fishermen attacked the Korean officers with iron pipes and clubs, the Yonhap news agency quoted the coastguard as saying.

The 63-tonne Chinese boat capsized after it collided with the 3,000-tonne coastguard ship. Eight Chinese were rescued but one of them fell into a coma and died later in hospital, while two others were missing.

Eight boats and four helicopters were searching for the missing.

Illegal Chinese fishing is common in South Korean waters. In 2008 a South Korean coastguard officer was attacked and drowned while trying to inspect a Chinese boat operating illegally.

– AFP/ir

Channel News Asia

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