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article imageSix dead, one missing in S. Korea fishing boat fire

By AFP     Mar 24, 2014 in World

Six people died after jumping off a fishing boat that caught fire off a South Korean island on Monday, with efforts underway to rescue its missing captain, the coastguard said.

Five Indonesian crew members and one South Korean were pronounced dead of hyperthermia after they jumped into the freezing waters to escape from the burning 38-tonne vessel off the southern resort island of Jeju, a local coastguard spokesman told AFP.

Two other crew members were rescued, while emergency workers were still hunting for the boat's South Korean captain, the spokesman said.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire, he added.

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