A Chinese-owned cargo ship with 19 crew members, including one Vietnamese, sank in rough seas off the Republic of Korea’s southeastern port of Pohang on October 15.

The RoK coastguard reports that as of 10a.m on October 16, nine bodies had been recovered while eight people were rescued and two remained missing. The dead and missing have not been identified.

As strong wind and rough seas pushed away the 8,461-tonne ship and sank it, crew members reported the freighter’s situation to local police but the force failed to approach it due to the harsh weather.

The incident happened after the CHENGLU 15 had finished unloading goods it transported from Pyeongtaek port to Pohang port and was at its anchorage outside the later’s breakwater.-VNA