March 26, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
A South Korean navy ship with about 100 personnel on board is sinking off the west coast near North Korea.
The exact cause of the sinking was unclear, but an explosion was reported in the rear of the ship.
There was speculation it could have been from a torpedo from the North. The involvement of North Korea has not been confirmed by officials.
More than 50 of the sailors were rescued from near Baengnyeong island by several navy and coastguard vessels.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who has convened an emergency meeting of security officials, had ordered the military to focus on rescuing the sailors, Yonhap news agency reported.