12 Chinese fishermen feared killed in storms
March 23, 1998
Rescue workers search for missing fishermen off the coast of Cheju Island Friday
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SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- Rescue boats and helicopters were
searching Monday for a dozen fishermen feared drowned after
their vessels got caught up in heavy storms last week.
The rescue teams battled with winds of up to 28 meters per
second as well as near-torrential rain in high seas between
South Korea's mainland and Cheju Island.
South Korean television on Monday showed dramatic footage of
Friday's rescue operation, when nine crew members were pulled
out of the waters alive.
Three boats and 27 fishermen were involved in the tragedy.
Seven fishermen died and 12 were still missing Monday.
One vessel sank completely and the other became stranded off
the southern island of Cheju.
The drowned fishermen were among the 27 crew members on the
Lurongwi 2082 and Lurongwi 2083, which wrecked off northern
Another fisherman, a member of the third boat, the Zhelingwi
1789, which went down south of the island early Friday, was