3 Missing, 37 Rescued In Korean Fishing Boat Fire

Published January 10, 2012 10:18PM (EST)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Three Korean fishermen are missing while another 37 have been rescued after their vessel burst into flames in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica.

The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand says the 167-foot (51 meter) Jeong Woo 2 sent out a distress call early Wednesday morning and two nearby fishing vessels rushed to help out.

Center spokeswoman Sharon Cuzens said three of the rescued crew are suffering from serious burns and were moved by crane onto the rescue boats. She said a U.S. research vessel with onboard medical facilities is steaming toward the fishing boats to treat the injured crew. It's expected to arrive Wednesday evening.

The Jeong Woo 2 got into trouble in the Ross Sea about 370 miles (595 kilometers) north of the U.S. McMurdo Station Antarctic base.

By Salon Staff

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