Tugboat Capsizes Leaving Two Dead

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Published May 27, 2015 11:24 AM by The Maritime Executive

Two seaman have died after their tugboat sank off Busan, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reports.

The incident occurred around 12:30pm, May 26 when the 22-ton 97 Samyoung was towing another vessel. The towing cable the 97 Samyoung was using snapped suddenly, hitting the side of the tugboat, causing it to capsize in an area near Dudo Island. 

Both men onboard were thrown into the water and rendered unconscious. The 53-year old captain and the other crewman were taken to a local hospital, but were later reported to have died. 

Korean authorities have installed oil booms to prevent any possible pollution to the surrounding area. An investigation has also been launched to determine the exact cause of the incident.