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One dead, 11 missing in S Korean fishing boat blaze

Seoul: One fisherman was killed and 11 others reported missing after their boat caught fire off South Korea's southern coast, authorities said Tuesday.

The coast guard said the accident happened west of Jeju island.

Local authorities said 12 crew members had been on board -- six South Koreans and six Vietnamese nationals.

Only one body -- the badly burned corpse of a South Korean -- had so far been recovered, a coast guard official told AFP.

Helicopters, a patrol plane, coast guard vessels and civilian fishing boats were involved in the search for the missing, the coast guard said, adding that the cause of the fire was under investigation.

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