15 people were killed after an oil tanker struck the boat off the coast of Yeongheung Island.
“I thought the waves were a little rough when all of a sudden there was this huge bang, and the ship capsized,” said an individual surnamed Lee, 33, who survived after the chartered fishing boat he was on sank off the coast of Yeongheung Island. Lee recounted his experience of the accident during a phone call with the Hankyoreh on Dec. 4. Water instantly filled the boat, making it impossible to get off or escape, Lee explained.
The fishing boat, called the Seonchang-1, capsized in a collision with a refueling vessel in the waters near Incheon early in the morning on Dec. 3. Of the 22 people on the boat at the time of the accident, 15 were killed, while seven people, including Lee, were rescued. When Lee boarded the fishing boat with two …