BUSAN, June 20 (Korea Bizwire) – Two drunk Vietnamese crewmen aboard a deep-sea fishing vessel operating in the Indian Ocean killed a South Korean captain and chief engineer on Monday, the Coast Guard said.
The two suspects, whose identities were withheld, allegedly attacked the 43-year-old captain, surnamed Yang, and 42-year-old engineer, surnamed Kang, at around 2 a.m. in waters off the coast of Seychelles, it said.
An Indonesian navigator filed a report to the vessel’s operator in Busan after the incident took place.
The two alleged culprits, both aged 32, are known to have been overpowered by the other fishermen aboard the 138-ton vessel and have been locked up, according to the Coast Guard.
A total of 18 fishermen, including three South Koreans, seven Vietnamese and eight Indonesians, were on the boat, according to the authorities.
Authorities said the vessel is now being navigated by a 50-year-old South Korean sailor, identified only by his surname Lee, and should reach Seychelles in about four days.
The South Korean Coast Guard said it is planning to dispatch its officials to the island country for further investigation.